Art: Paint Blush

Alfred James Munnings is a hearty, blue-eyed, English country gentleman who breeds horses for his own amusement, paints them for the pleasure of other British sportsmen like himself. Born in Suffolk 60 years ago, a farmer's son, he studied art in Paris, went home when he was 19 to show his first three pictures (country scenes) at the Royal Academy. Soon after, he started to paint horses and prospered on the fat commissions handed him by the horse-loving.

Munnings has long been reckoned one of the great painters of modern England. His 45 paintings...

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