Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition
This summer, Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance will be showing a special focus exhibition to mark 60 years since the death of the eccentric and controversial artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) exploring his works from the years he spent living in Cornwall.
Munnings is best known for his equestrian paintings, his love of horses stemming from his early childhood on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. Throughout his career he received equestrian commissions and his work was especially beloved by the English aristocracy and the Royal Family.
Munnings’s time in Cornwall is sadly remembered for his tragic marriage to Florence Carter-Wood, subject of the film and book Summer in February. Florence was a talented painter and visited Newlyn often, studying at the Forbes School of Painting. Munnings was captivated by Florence’s beauty and determined to marry her despite their very different backgrounds and the fact they had very little in common.