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Munnings Art Gallery, Dedham, and Lavenham
Tuesday 14 May 2019

We will drive to the village of Lavenham, a wonderful example of a medieval Suffolk Wool Town.  There are many interesting places for you to visit:  the timber framed Guildhall (NT), the Little Hall and the 15th century Parish Church or you can just wander around the well preserved streets of half timbered medieval cottages and sample the many cafes and tea shops.  We will spend the morning here with time for an early lunch, before driving on to The Munnings Art Gallery for our 2pm private visit. 

Alfred Munnings is considered to be a major figure in the great tradition of British horse painting and is celebrated for his depiction of English rural life and landscapes. His house in Dedham, Essex, is an elegant Tudor and Georgian building in beautiful countryside.  The house is filled with his work from various stages of his life:  from early poster designs and art school studies, his work painting outdoors representing the English idyll and rural life and his time in Cornwall with the Newlyn artists.  His work then moved on to his more famous equestrian portraits and there are representations of his outspoken opinions on Modern Art.  These works are set amongst the furniture , objects and personal items of the family which remain in situ, in a lovely, welcoming family home.  You can also visit his studio with its displays of painting materials, sculpture and scenes of hunting. 

A special exhibition is also running, from his time as a war artist in France in 1918 with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Tickets £36.00 includes coach and private visit to the Munnings Gallery.

Coach departs 8.30am and returns approx. 6.30/7pm

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Banner Illustration:  Canaletto The Porta Portello Padua, Open access image Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington