Ambrose McEvoy: Portrait of Lady Gwendoline Churchill (1917)

When this work was exhibited at the New English Art Club just after Ambrose McEvoy’s shocking and sudden death of pneumonia at the age of only forty-nine, the Times critic praised the painting – which had been given pride of place in the exhibition – for serving ‘very well to recall the characteristic powers of…

Ambrose McEvoy: Lady Patricia Moore (c.1920)

“Despite being one of the most successful society portrait painters of his day, Ambrose McEvoy has until recently been overlooked. Born in 1877, McEvoy painted a plethora of important sitters throughout his career including Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Diana Cooper. McEvoy demonstrated exceptional artistic abilities from a young age. Encouraged by his father, Captain…

Sir Alfred Munnings: Langham Mill Pool

The Best of British Impressionism A strong supporter of en plein-air painting, Sir Alfred Munnings, “like the French Impressionist painters, … captures the salient qualities of form while conjuring the dramatic atmosphere of light, air, and colour.” Painted at a site only a few miles from his home, “Langham Mill Pool is an extraordinary example…

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

“Plein-air tour de force” Summer afternoon on the Wensum, Costessey is a plein-air tour de force imbued with colour, light and atmosphere… Christie’s ‘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…

A Tragic Life: Florence Carter-Wood

A Hint of Mystery: Florence Carter-Wood Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912) is a key work in Munnings’ Cornish period and a rare painting by Munnings of his first wife, Florence Carter-Wood.  Florence was an artist herself, exhibiting both at the Royal Academy and at Walker Art Gallery. According to Christie’s, She is probably…