Friday, 1 January 2010

M/M Sir Alfred James Munnings Reading, circa 1910 by Harold Knight


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This very rare and beautiful important early portrait of the young Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959) was discovered hidden behind another painting during a detailed examination by Christie’s specialist Tom Rooth.

Victorian & British Impressionist Art Including Drawings & Watercolours
King Street, 16 December 2009

Harold Knight, R.A.
Sir Alfred James Munnings Reading, circa 1910
Oil on canvas
Estimate: £30,000-50,000

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*Estimates do not include buyer's premium