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MUNNINGS, Sir Alfred.
Pictures of Horses and English Life. With an Appreciation by Lionel Lindsay.
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited, 1927. Tall quarto. Original vellum, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered in gilt within double gilt border, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Light soling to vellum, slight toning to contents and some spotting to guards. A very good copy. 28 colour plates with captioned tissue guards, 86 pages of black and white plates. Signed limited edition, number 220 of 250 copies signed by the author; a lavish monograph produced when Munnings was at the height of his fame. "His horse studies always reflected, over that of other equestrian painters, his unparalleled love and understanding of the animals' characters" (ODNB). "His splendid studies of rough cobs and gipsy lads, the superlative expertise of 'The Return from Ascot' with the Windsor greys, his studies of heavyweight-carriers and robust foxhunters and racing two-year-olds, were to bring to equestrian art of the 20th century a brilliance of achievement not seen since the epoch of George Stubbs" (Walker, Sporting Art, pp. 189-90). [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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