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Nobby Gray, described by Munnings as a 'Suffolker', was one of Munnings' favourite early models along with his wife Charlotte and their son Fred.
The Grays were '... van dwellers and travellers,' they would spend winters in the meadow by the Red Lion Public House in Mendham and Summer in Woolpit operating their fairground rides and shooting gallery. They were more than pleased to pose for a beer or a sovereign. Munnings recalls:
'I dare not begin to think what I should have done without the Grays – Nobby, Charlotte and Fred. Nobby was a philosopher. Life was full of interest for him, and he knew lot about Suffolk – High Suffolk, as he called it.'
Nobby can be seen in a major work on the far wall of the Courtyard Gallery 'Nobby Gray with the Hunt'.
oil on canvas
H 40.6 x W 30.5 cm
purchased from Richard Green, 1985
Signed and dated