Munnings' The Fair painting will auction on January 22


2015-06-26 13:35:23


Munnings' The Fair painting will auction on January 22

The Fair, a painting by Alfred James Munnings, will lead Bonhams' 19th century art sale

The Fair, a painting by Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), will auction at Bonhams London on January 22.

The lot, valued at 150,000-250,000 ($247,230-412,050), will headline the 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale.

Munnings the Fair BonhamsMunnings' painting displays a scene from a rural horse fair

Munnings was a well-regarded painter who specialised in horses, going on to become president of the Royal Academy of Art in 1944 - a position he used predominantly to attack modernism.

He is most commonly associated with the Newlyn school of artists - a group based in the Cornish village of St Ives.

The painting depicts a rearing horse at a country fair - a theme that the artist returned to throughout his career. The record figure for his work at auction is $7.8m, set by The Red Prince Mare at Christie's in 2009.

A smaller painting achieved $45,000 at Christie's in November last year.

At the Park Gate by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) is valued at 150,000-200,000 ($247,230-412,050).

John Atkinson Grimshaw ParkAt the Park Gate displays Grimshaw's unique sensibility for lighting

Grimshaw is best known for his eerily atmospheric paintings of night scenes in Victorian towns that draw inspiration from the pre-Raphaelites.

His work has grown in popularity in recent years, with a string of high profile sales.

In 2012, Grimshaw's Southwark Bridge achieved 361,250 ($597,000) at Christie's London. His auction record is 612,800 ($1m), set at Sotheby's in 2006.

We have a range of art and photography collectibles available to purchase, including this handwritten letter from the impressionist painter Pierre August Renoir.

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