Sir Alfred James Munnings
Sir Alfred James Munnings (British, 1878–1959)
PORTRAIT OF CANADIAN OFFICER, LT. MACLACHLAN, LA BERGEMENT
Graphite, 11 ½” x 8 ¾”
Dated June 17, 1918
Frost & Reed, London
Sir Alfred J. Munnings Pictures of Horses & English Life, Pg. 187
This work would have been done during his time with the Canadian Forestry Corps and their work in the Malbusson Forest, Labergement. The Labergement Mill was instrumental in providing timber for aircraft, and parts of the Corps were in place here until the armistice.
Munnings regarded his war years as perhaps the most important of his career. Following the war, 45 of his works were exhibited at the Royal Academy and earned him an associateship with the important organization he would one day lead as president. Not only did he feel his Canadian War Memorials Exhibition help him gain this step into the academy, but the works he did of officers mounted on horseback were precursors to the commissions of the upper class on horseback that would make him famous and define his career.