Art Collections: Paintings

Shrimp with Ponies in the Ringland Hills Near Norwich, 1911

Sir Alfred James Munnings, (English, 1878-1959)
oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Gift of Mrs. Felicia Warburg Rogan, 2008
© Castle House Trust (Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum)

Alfred Munnings was a prolific and highly successful artist, known as one of the best painters of horses in England. His work includes portraiture, landscapes, and scenes of horse racing, foxhunting and country life. He was awarded a knighthood in 1944, and was President of the Royal Academy of Art from 1944 to 1949.

Munnings made frequent trips into the English countryside to paint and often traveled to the rural area near Norwich known as the Ringland Hills. In 1908, he purchased several ponies and horses as models from a horse trader. He was introduced to a gypsy boy named Fountain Page, known as “Shrimp” for his small stature. Shrimp and the ponies appear in many of Munnings’ compositions, including this painting at the NSLM

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