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PAIR pencil signed equestrian prints by important English sporting artists A. J. MUNNINGS (1878-1959) and LIONEL DALHOUSIE EDWARDS (1878-1966)
PAIR of prints by English master equestrian artists, one, of race horse "Creme Brulee" from the original painting by Sir Alfred Munnings, 16 1/2" by 20" inside the mat (24" by 28" framed), PENCIL SIGNED at lower right margin by the highly important sporting art master, and quite famous English painter of all equestrian subjects, SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS (1878-1959); the second, a fox hunting scene after a watercolor by the artist, pencil signed at lower left near remarque, 15" by 20" inside the mat, 22" by 27" framed, no glass, by LIONEL DALHOUSIE EDWARDS (1878-1966) (. Both bear on reverse the old label of Arthur Ackermann & Son, a prestigious sporting art specialist gallery on 57th Street in New York. The Munnings, unlike many examples, is not heavily sun-faded, a commonly seen issue with the artist's prints. Pencil signed examples are highly sought after, as original drawings and paintings by Munnings are very expensive indeed, some paintings having reached into the millions of dollars. See the net for much more information on this highly regarded impressionist painter of horses and the people who interacted with them in England between the wars. Edwards' works in watercolor, his favorite medium, are commonly found in the $5000/$10,000 range. The Edwards print, bearing a Fine Arts Trade Guild blind stamp at left, is loose under the mat and, again, not glazed. The prints were found together in Connecticut. An interesting pairing of prints after works by two important English artists. I might consider selling the prints individually. The annoying "dots" on the Munning, appearing almost as condensation, are actually some old sticky residue on the inside of the glass, and not on the art itself. The mat on the Munnings, and the Edwards, should be replaced (old moisture stain on the Munnings mat at left).
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