Known as the 20th century's finest painter of horses, Sir Alfred Munnings created this oil on panel study for his large finished portrait of the famous racehorse, Son-in-Law, in 1927. The William Second Gallery is pleased to offer this piece, in the artist's characteristic loose, fluid style, for sale. It is an intriguing preliminary work, extensively inscribed and dated by the artist.
Munnings worked from life, often doing several preliminary sketches before painting the final version of a subject. This was the case when preparing for his final portrait of Son-in-Law, which is now part of a huge collection of some 400 works of art donated by Sir Abe Bailey to the South African National Gallery. The Gallery houses one of the largest collections of British sporting art in the world.
Sir Abe Bailey (1864-1940), one of the world's wealthiest men, was known primarily for his success in the diamond trade. He was an active sportsman, owning many successful racehorses including Tiberius and Son-in-Law, whomthe National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, UK, referred to as "probably the best and most distinguished stayer this country has ever known."
For more information about this painting, please contact the William Secord Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212-249-0075.