The National Army Museum welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall this evening (5 December 2018) to view its latest exhibition, Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918. This collection of Munnings' wartime work was last seen together at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1919. Since then, it has largely been kept in storage in Canada.
The 41 paintings on loan from the Canadian War Museum have been brought back on public display thanks to the assistance of The Munnings Art Museum, as well as the generosity of The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. Munnings was commissioned to paint the Canadian Expeditionary Force by Lord Beaverbrook who set up the Canadian War Memorial Fund in order to document and memorialise the Canadian war effort at home and overseas.
Covering a number of themes, the exhibition shows Munnings' emerging mastery of equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes. His wartime artwork displays the skill that led to him securing admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1919 and contributed to his role as one of England's most celebrated equine artists. The exhibition is locally supported by Juddmonte and supplemented with works from the National Army Museum's own collection relating to Brigadier-General Jack Seely, who commanded the Canadian Cavalry Brigade through much of the war.
The Duchess, who is known for her love of horses, joined a small group for a tour of the exhibition to see the vibrancy and beauty of Munnings work at war. The Duchess was accompanied by Emma Mawdsley, lead curator for the exhibition at the National Army Museum, as well as Brough Scott MBE, broadcaster, former jockey and grandson of Major-General Jack Seely. Seely was the first to be painted by Munnings in 1918, astride his famous horse Warrior, a portrait that forms part of this exhibition.
The Museum's Director, Justin Maciejewski DSO MBE, was pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Her Royal Highness, saying: 'It's a privilege to show this extraordinary work to The Duchess of Cornwall, who knows very well the historic role of cavalry in battle and their continued relevance in today's Army.'
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The National Army Museum is the leading authority on the history of Our Army. Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter and established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown, it is a museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains.
The Museum seeks to tell the story of Our Army, the personal experiences of the soldiers who have served in it and to connect the British public and its army, demonstrating how the role of Our Army and its actions are still relevant today.
As part of his legacy Lord Beaverbrook set up two charitable Foundations bearing his name. The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, established in 1960, is a charitable foundation located in Montreal, Quebec and is proud to support selected organisations, predominantly in New Brunswick, in the areas of education, the arts and culture. Together with The Beaverbrook Foundation, based in the UK, the Foundations have made donations to over 900 charities in the last 60 years.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
The Munnings Art Museum is at Castle House, the former home and working studio of Sir Alfred Munnings in Dedham, Essex. After Munnings’ death in 1959 the house, with all its contents, was opened as an art museum by his widow, Violet, Lady Munnings. Today, the museum presents changing displays of the artist’s life work as well as special themed exhibitions.
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