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John Bernard Munns (British painter) 1869 - 1942

Munns, who lived all his life in Edgbaston, belonged to a dynasty of Birmingham artists, being the son of one painter and the father of another. Taking a break from bread-and- butter portraits of grandees (amongst them the Prince of Wales, Lord Norton, Thomas Beecham, and Sir Thomas Hood) and of Birmingham worthies, Munns painted two Belliniesque subject pictures for his own purposes: Enigma in 1923 and Fantasy, exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1925. In this he was influenced by the example of the slightly older Birmingham artist Joseph Southall, also a resident of Edgbaston, whose wife often sat to him in a variety of Medieval settings and costumes, against Italianate backdrops. 

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