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The Sir Alfred Munnings

Castle House in Dedham is a wonderful, atmospheric place to visit. When you go in the front door, you feel as if Sir Alfred will walk through from the drawing room to greet you. His furniture is still there, some of his personal belongs and those of his wife, Violet and of course an amazing collection of his work.

He was probably best well known for his equine art, but he was also a very talented landscape painter and  sculptor. His studio, in the beautiful gardens of Castle House is fascinating and contains a wonderful collection of his old paint brushes and tools, just laid down on his bench, as if he has gone for a walk, with the intention of returning later to pick them up and carry on.

I particularly love his early paintings where he worked for printing company in Norwich, illustrating advertising posters. They are bright, quirky and hugely entertaining.

Don’t miss the menu on the wall of the studio, which has details of a dinner Munnings attended, with some of his scrawls on. And as you go from the garden back into the house do stop to admire (if you happen to be there at the right time of year) the fig tree, laden with fruit, which the artist planted in the sunny courtyard.

For more information on Castle House, please visit the museum’s website and do check their opening times before you visit, as they are not open all year.

There is parking; disabled access and tearoom.

 

Written by Karina