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Canvas height 49cm, width 68cm, frame height 77cm, width 96cm
The original painting was exhibited at The Royal Academy in 1903.
Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) was born at Mendham in Suffolk. He was famous for painting rural scenes, frequently of subjects such as Gypsies and horses.
His choice of characters were often inspired by people he knew such as the character of Jimmy Betts, a carter's son, depicted here enjoying an orange in the front. We can find him in other paintings such as in 'Behind the Tents' 1905. The orange seller in this painting can also be found in 'The Winner', 1910.
He accepted commissions from society figures and became best known for his equine painting, often depicting horses involving in hunting and racing. Munnings is also well-known for his talent as a war artist, having done over 45 canvasses for the Canadian Cavalry Brigade that were exhibited at the Royal Academy after the first world war. In 1944, Munnings was elected president of the Royal Academy of Art and was also awarded a knighthood.