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The Munnings Art Museum and Constable Country, Suffolk

Excursion

Tuesday 18 September 2018
9am — 7.30pm

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Alfred Munnings PRA, September Afternoon, 1939.

Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham.

In celebration of the RA’s 250th anniversary, we visit the homes of two of the RA’s most famous Academicians.

The Munnings Art Museum at Castle House was the home of Sir Alfred Munnings PRA from 1919 until his death in 1959. Flatford Mill was the childhood home of the landscape painter John Constable RA.

The Munnings Art Museum in Dedham is marking the RA’s 250th anniversary by celebrating Sir Alfred Munnings’ 60-year association with the Academy, from his first acceptances for the Summer Exhibition in 1899, to his election as its President in 1944. Paintings exhibited by Munnings at the RA and owned by the museum are highlighted throughout the displays, as well as important letters, artefacts and photographs that show the range and breadth of Munnings’ influence in his position as President.

We also have the opportunity to view a special exhibition at The Munnings Art Museum entitled Munnings and the River, which explores his artistic and literary responses to the river, a subject that remained a constant motif throughout his work.

Following lunch in the historic village of Dedham we drive a short distance to the National Trust’s Flatford Mill in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. The hamlet of Flatford was the inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous paintings including The Hay Wain (1821) and Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill (1815), amongst many others. Our walking tour leads us alongside the River Stour and around Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House, which both feature in Constable’s familiar works.

Following our guided walk, there will be time to enjoy a cream tea in the riverside tearoom.

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Tuesday 18 September 2018

9am — 7.30pm

Meet RA representatives and the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note: the coach will leave promptly at 9am

£98. Includes coach, morning coffee and biscuits, a two-course set lunch, a glass of wine and a cream tea

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