Born in Mendham, Suffolk, and trained (part time) at Norwich School of Art, Sir Alfred Munnings spent much of his life in and around East Anglia. A major figure in the tradition of British horse painting, Munnings was celebrated for his depictions of English rural life. Immensely successful, yet controversial, he became the scourge of modern art in his position as President of the Royal Academy.
Castle House was Munnings' home from 1919 until his death. He converted a stable room in the garden into his studio, and here he produced many of his famous paintings of horses. In 1920, he married Violet McBride, and he depicted both her and the house in the 1935 portrait My Wife, My Horse and Myself, currently on display in the Munnings Museum. After his death, Violet (now Lady Munnings) left the house and its collection in trust to the nation, and the museum opened in the early 1960s. Visitors to the Munnings Art Museum can explore the life and work of this prolific East Anglian artist in the context of the house's original interiors.
25 March - 30 October
Wednesday - Sunday, 2pm to 5pm
The Garden Café is open from 12pm
The museum is open on Bank Holiday Mondays