Sir Alfred James Munnings
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Alfred James Munnings
by Frank Kovacs
bronze medallion, circa 1948
8 in. (203 mm) diameter
Given by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler, 1960
Sitterback to top
- Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 11 portraits, Artist or producer of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Frank Kovacs (died 1965), Sculptor, medallist and Calvinist minister. Artist or producer of 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
When the Gallery approached Sir Alfred Munnings' widow about acquiring a portrait of her late husband, she offered to donate Kovacs' plaster medallion. The following year this bronze cast was acquired. The portrait was considered by the sculptor as one of his most successful and by the sitter as excellent.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 448
Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.
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