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Sir Alfred J. Munnings, 1878–1959
Saddling Up for the Grand National, 1919: Before the Snowstorm (sketch)
Former Title(s):
Saddling Up for the Grand National (in the center the winner "Poethlyn"), a study for a larger composition
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches (54.6 x 75.6 cm)

Signed, lower right: "[classic Munnings signature, but illegible]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bridle | equestrians | flags | genre subject | grandstand | horses (animals) | jockeys | men | meteorology | race (event) | saddle | science | sky | snowstorm | spectators | sporting art
Associated Places:
Aintree | England | Europe | Liverpool | Sefton | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The Grand National, run at Aintree outside Liverpool, is the most prestigious British steeplechasing event. In 1919 the winner was the favorite, Poethlyn, shown here in the center of the composition. Paul Mellon admired Alfred Munnings as the modern successor to the great sporting artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He bought Saddling Up for the Grand National, 1919 and its preparatory sketch at opposite ends of his collecting career, the sketch in 1954 and the large picture in 1989. They hung with fifteen other paintings by Munnings, as well as a number of drawings, in the conference room at his New York office.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 98

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Alfred Munnings 1878-1959, [exhibition] The Athenaeum Gallery ... Manchester, 13 December 1986-25 January 1987. , Manchester City Galleries, Manchester, UK, 1986, pp. 67, 94, no. 41, pl. 41, NJ18 M9625 U75 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 98, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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