Canadian cavalry at rest

English artist Alfred Munnings - later Sir Alfred - spent part of 1918 as a war artist.

He returned from France with remarkable pictures of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. But he had also painted the Canadian Forestry Corps and their heavy horses, providing constant supplies of timber for the trenches.

After a triumphant exhibition in London in 1919, these works of art were taken to Canada, leaving Alfred with a host of wealthy clients and a chance to buy the beautiful Castle House in Dedham near Colchester.

The Munnings Art Museum, as it is now called, can at last fill in the missing years of the great man's career, as the Canadian War Museum in Ottowa has loaned more than 40 pictures, to mark the centenary of the exhibition which changed Munnings' life. Director Jenny Hand couldn't be happier.

Jenny Hand
Jenny Hand is Director of Munnings Art Museum in his beautiful old home.

You have until November 3 to see the paintings Jenny thinks of as the "missing link."

The Munnings Art Museum, Dedham