Henry Turner Munns (1832-1898)
|Artist Name||Henry Turner Munns (1832-1898)|
|Title||The Favoured Guineapig|
|Description||This charming British Victorian genre oil painting is by noted exhibited artist Henry Tuner Munns. It was painted in 1865 in realist palette with superb detail in the young boy's face and heavy impasto on his clothing. The subject is a boy in ragged clothing sat on stone steps outside an office, with his cap out for money, still empty. He has with him a wooded guinea pig cage with a large guinea pig on top being hand fed scraps, its young inside. Munns was clearly sympathetic to the plight of the poor in Victorian England, if painting it in a romanticised golden glow, along side compassion for animals. A lovely painting for guinea pig enthusiasts.
Signed and dated 1865 lower left.
|Provenance||Titled verso The Favoured Guinea Pig.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an arched slip ornate gilt 19th century frame, 40 inches by 34 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Henry Turner Munns, (1832-1898), was a Birmingham born artist who specialised in portraits, landscapes, figures and genre subjects. He exhibited from 1882-97 and was father of artist Bernard Munns.
Exhibited: Royal Society of Artists Birmingham 47, Glasgow Institute of Fine Art 1, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool 7, Manchester Art Gallery 5, Royal Academy 8.