The Munnings Art Museum

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Feature List

  • Artist in residence
  • Guided Tours
  • Open to the public
  • Café
  • Historic garden
  • Family activities
  • Gift shop
  • Education program for children
  • Literary and musical events programme

The former home of the great sporting painter and scourge of modern art, Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959).

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.

Sir Alfred Munnings, My Wife, My Horse and Myself (exhibited 1935) ©the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings / Munnings Art Museum

Articles from The Munnings Art Museum

Dr Bill Teatheredge, Honorary Curatorial Associate on the history of Munnings' studio

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Address:

Castle Hill
Dedham
Colchester
United Kingdom
C07 6AZ

Telephone:

01206 322127

Email:

enquiries@munningsmuseum.org.uk

Website:
http://www.munningsmuseum.org.uk/
Opening times:

25 March - 30 October

Wednesday - Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

The Garden Café is open from 12pm

The museum is open on Bank Holiday Mondays

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