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The Solo

© the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham, Essex. Photo credit: The Munnings Art Museum

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In 1899 this design won the gold medal from amongst 240 entries at the Poster Academy at Crystal Palace in London. It depicts a man in Georgian costume playing a cello. Alfred Munnings received the news of his success whilst recovering from the accident in which he lost sight in his right eye. He sold the medal for six gold sovereigns and spent the money on a celebratory dinner. He later regretted parting with the prize but was unable to retrieve it.

The Munnings Art Museum

Colchester

Title

The Solo

Date

1899

Medium

poster colour on cloth backed paper

Measurements

H 193 x W 173 cm

Accession number

CH708

Acquisition method

bequeathed by the artist, 1959

Work type

Drawing & watercolour

Signature/marks description

A J Munnings

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The Munnings Art Museum

Castle House, Dedham, Colchester, Essex CO7 6AZ England

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