Much enjoyed the Munnings' show at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. Some great pictures and a number of old friends. Found myself talking to a Canadian Cavalry Officer, who was wearing chainmail epaulettes on her uniform, as we used to do. #munnings#nationalarmymuseum#cavalry#uniform#canada
'A Portrait of Lady Barbara Lowther on Horseback' by Alfred J Munnings.
Major General J E B Seely CB, CMG, DSO... sat on his famous charger 'Warrior' at Mottistone Manor in the 1930's. The second picture shows A J Munnings first work with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade in France in 1918; this portrait of General Seely was painted less than a mile from the lines and in full view of the enemy. The artist stood on duckboards to keep from sinking into the mud while the general posed on 'Warrior' for more than an hour. When Seely left to attend to other duties, his batman, wearing the general's uniform, became the model - and cheerfully accepted the salutes of passing officers.
Except for a two-month interlude, Jack Seely commanded the Canadian Cavalry Brigade from its formation in January 1915 until may 1918. Warrior survived the entire war, on returning to England Seely rode and hunted the horse at home on the Isle of Wight where he even won a point to point exactly four years after leading the charge at Moreuil Wood. Seely later wrote a book about 'Warrior's' adventures ....'My Horse Warrior' which was also illustrated by Munnings. 'Warrior' was eventually put to sleep at the out break of the Second World War at the age of thirty three... A rare opportunity to see Munnings War paintings at the National Army Museum in London opens on 30th November until March 2019... #general#seely#munnings#firstworldwar#warrior#horse#thoroughbred#charger#painting#france#pointtopoint#moreuilwood#isleofwight#nam#nationalarmymuseum#london#exhibition@nam_london