Alfred Munnings was known as one of
At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Page Brothers a printing company, where he designed advertising posters. In his spare time he studied at Norwich School of Art.
After his apprenticeship he stayed in
During the Fist World War he volunteered to join the army, but due to losing the sight in one eye several years earlier, he was deemed unfit to fight. Instead he was assigned a civilian job processing horses on their way to
After the war he received many painting commissions, which enabled him to travel extensively both abroad and around the
In 1944 Munnings was knighted and that same year became president of Royal Academy of Art. His departing speech in 1949 became famous for his strong views on Modernism, he was against the work of Picasso, Cézanne and Matisse and believed it had corrupted art.
He died in 1959 in