Painting of a painter, behind a painting



2015-06-26 11:46:34

Painting of a painter, behind a painting

Found after years concealed beneath another artwork, a portrait of Alfred Munnings doubles its estimate

Harold Knight's portrait of Alfred Munnings reading, which had been hidden behind his wife Laura's Le Carnival for as much as a century, proved its 30,000-50,000 estimate wrong as intrigued bidders pushed it all the way up to 115,250.

Harold Knight Alfred Munnings Alfred Munnings Reading by Harold Knight

Laura Knight's Le Carnival behaved more predictably, selling on target at 25,000. It's not one of hermost celebratedworks.

Munnings' evocative own work Horses and Gypsy Caravans, which captures some summery beauty of the animals, just squeaked past its expected 200,000-300,000 price to be taken away for 301,250.

Horses and Gypsy Caravans Alfred Munnings Horses and Gypsy Caravans by Alfred Munnings

There were several lesser works by Munnings in the sale, mostly based around horses, and almost all of them beat their estimates, notably his watercolour on paper The Road to the Fair, showing a wintery scene which also doubled its estimate of 25,000-35,000 to sell for 58,850.

Munnings sometimes painted rainy scenes, but as he painted 'live' it's not surprising this is unusual in showing a snowy one.

Images: Christie's

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