Rare century-old $10m piece stars in "From Munnings to Corot" exhibition

A range of rare and valuable works from 19th and 20th century artists are set to be displayed in London as part of a summer exhibition.

The “From Munnings to Corot” exhibition, running from 10 to 21 June, will feature the works of famed Cornish artists Sir Alfred Munnings and Dame Laura Knight, American portraitist John Singer Sargent and Parisian painter Jean-Francois Raffaëlli.

One of the most prominent pieces, John Singer Sargent’s “Cypresses and Pines”, is priced at over $10m and will be presented in London nearly 100 years after its first exhibition in 1914 at the Royal Academy. The piece drew praise from the Daily Telegraph as a “superbly composed, and…an accomplishment that could hardly be surpassed”.

Steven Beale, Director of Trinity House Paintings, said: “John Singer Sargent, an American born and raised in Italy, was one of the most celebrated portrait painters at the turn of the 20th Century.

“Tending to work in bursts of high production, his oeuvre includes around nine hundred oil paintings and more than two thousand watercolours, without counting his sketched and charcoal drawings. Sargent travelled extensively, painted constantly and inspired countless people. He spent time in Broadway, where our main gallery is, making the exhibition of this painting particularly significant to us.”

Meanwhile, Sir Alfred and Dame Laura were part of the famed Cornish art collective The Lamorna Group, which will be the focus of an upcoming film “Summer in February”, starring Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.

Portrait of Harry La Montagne on a Grey Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959)

Portrait of Harry La Montagne on a Grey, Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), done in 1920

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