Sir Alfred Munnings, PRA, letters to Dame Laura Knight, RA
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Munnings first met Laura Knight in Cornwall shortly before World War I and they remained close friends.
The letters reflect the strong friendship between these artists in their relaxed and unbuttoned manner, typical of Munnings's writing style. Although the earliest letter dates from 1942 they extend through and beyond Munnings's tenure as President of the Royal Academy and provide insights into his relationship with the institution and its members. His notorious hatred of modernism and its exponents and his love of doggerel are also amply reflected.
Acquired from Michael Silverman Manuscripts in June 2000.
Items 1,2, 8, 9 & 10 were part published in "Laura Knight", by Janet Dunbar (1975), although 1 & 2 appear to have been confused.
"Laura Knight", Janet Dunbar, London: Collins, 1975. ISBN 0 00 211489 5