Robert Younger, Baron Blanesburgh, United Kingdom
Private collection, United Kingdom, by descent from above
Sale, Bonhams, London, England, March 30, 2022, lot 108, from above
(Probably) James Connell & Sons, London, England, Exhibition of Paintings by A.J. Munnings, 1919 (as In Calcot Park or June Afternoon Calcot Park)
Note: Calcot Park is a large estate in the English county of Berkshire. In 1917, Munnings worked there checking horses for diseases before they were sent off to aid in the war efforts.
Robert Younger (1861–1946) was a Scottish barrister and judge who earned many distinctions, including the title Baron Blanesburgh.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work by Lorian Peralta-Ramos.
Born in Mendham, Suffolk, England, Alfred Munnings is best known for his paintings of horses. At age 14, he began an apprenticeship with a lithography company in Norwich, where he would continue to work for the next six years. Munnings furthered his education at the Norwich School of Art and, by the age of 21, the artist had exhibited his work at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and at the Royal Academy of Arts. Munnings created works in both oil and watercolor, capturing rural life across England. After an introduction to the racecourse in 1899, horses became