Alfred James Munnings: Summer afternoon…Wensum, Costessey (1909)

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959), Summer afternoon on the Wensum, Costessey
signed and dated ‘A.J. MUNNINGS/1909.’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.), Image Source: Christie’s

“Plein-air tour de force”

Summer afternoon on the Wensum, Costessey is a plein-air tour de force imbued with colour, light and atmosphere…


‘His pure landscapes would of themselves have made a reputation. Contemplating them in the Diploma Gallery, along with the best of the gypsy studies and Exmoor ponies, one was forced to the provocative conclusion that the highest prices have been paid for the wrong Munnings pictures, that posterity will honour not the facile remembrancer of briefly celebrated horses and the vanishing panoply of the hunt, but the artist who painted the immemorial glory of the gorse on Ringland Hills.’ (R. Pound, The Englishman; A Biography of Sir Alfred Munnings, London, 1962, pp. 212-3).


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7 Comments Add yours

  1. WOW! That’s some crazy, astounding whimsy and BEAUTY! You can completely feel that afternoon. Thank You!!! Happy New Year! 😊💖🤗

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    1. Summer afternoons sound great right now…lol Thanks for sharing your thoughts, forresting! 🙂

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      1. Don’t they???!!! And my pleasure! 💕

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  2. Stop the Wensum Link says:

    We are campaigning to save the Wensum Valley from a 4 lane flyover. Please can you give us permission to use the lovely image of the Wensum floodplain. If you would like to join our campaign to save this beautiful area still as quiet and tranquil as Munnings depicted. Find us on Stop the Wensum Link. Please dont forget to sign the petition.

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    1. The original photo is from Christie’s (linked in caption). I do not own or hold the copyright, but you are welcome to use my clips. Best wishes in your effort.


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