AN equestrian art museum which was once home to Sir Alfred Munnings staged a recreation of a First World War field camp scene for artists to paint.

In August The Munnings Art Museum, in Castle Hill, Dedham, staged a reenactment of a field camp scene on its lawn, and invited a select group of leading equestrian and plein air artists to capture the various scenes and tableau, created by the re-enactment group called History Revisited.

A spokesman said: “Among the bell tents, field horses and authentically-uniformed actors, the painters set up their easels to make a variety of different studies of the camp scene.

“These were then taken back to their studios to made into complete paintings.

“The resultant, completed studio paintings - along with the original studies - are now on display and for sale at the Munnings Art Museum.”

They are located not only in Sir Alfred Munning’s former home, Castle House, but also the very studio in which he himself created so many famous artworks.

The contemporary paintings will be displayed until Sunday, November 3 – the same day that the exhibition which inspired the exercise, Behind the Lines: Sir Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918, also closes.

The recreation was part of a programme of events held at the museum during the past few months.

The programme included talks from Lucinda Hawksley, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens and an array of other speakers.

In September, The Princess Royal visited the acclaimed Behind the Lines exhibition.

She toured the exhibition with museum director Jenny Hand and met with renowned horse racing journalist, broadcaster and former jockey Brough Scott.

Mr Scott’s grandfather Brigadier-General ‘Galloper’ Jack Seely enjoyed a decades-long friendship with Alfred Munnings that was forged on the Western Front.

Princess Anne explored the rest of the museum, including the artist’s studio, and signed the visitors’ book.

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