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The Artist's House and His Works - Sir Alfred Munnings

A peek inside the Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, Essex, a memorial to England’s finest painter of horses, known as the artist who hated Picasso.

Factual TV 1971 4 mins

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The home of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings is now a museum open to the public. Anglia Television take a look around Castle House, bought by Munnings in 1919 and used, along with the adjoining studio as Munnings place of work until his death in 1959. Lady Munnings (Sir Alfred’s second wife, Violet) was determined that, when her husband passed on, Castle House should be a memorial to her late husband.

Munnings, born 1878 in Mendham, Suffolk was known for painting rural scenes in a traditional style, and was an outspoken critic of Modernism, unofficially given the title ‘the artist who hated Picasso’. Munnings died in 1959, and Castle House was opened as the Munnings Art Museum in the early 1960s.