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Rountree Tryon Galleries


Formerly By Royal Appointment, 2018-2023. Specialists in Sporting, Wildlife, Maritime and Travel art.

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Davy Jones with the Hon. Anthony Mildmay up

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
Davy Jones with the Hon. Anthony Mildmay up
oil on canvas
signed 'A.J. Munnings' (lower left)
36 x 44 in. (91.5 x 111.5 cm)
41 3/4 x 50 in. (106 x 127 cm) framed

Commissioned by Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete (1861-1947), in 1937;
Thence by descent;
Christie's, New York, 1 December 1999, lot 162;
Private collection.

London, Royal Academy, 1938, number 59.

L. Lindsay, Portraits of Horses and English Life, 1939, p. 147, illustrated no.76.
A.J. Munnings, The Second Burst, 1951, pp. 151-2, illustrated opp. p.152.
R. Mortimer, Anthony Mildmay, 1956, illustrated as colour frontispiece.
J. Fairly, Great Racehorses in Art, 1984, pp. 175-7, illustrated.

The present painting was commissioned from Munnings in 1937 by Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete (1861-1947) and shows his son, Anthony Bingham Mildmay (1909-1950) on Davy Jones in the paddock at Aintree before the 1936 Grand National. The two men in the picture behind Davy Jones are, on the right, Francis Mildmay and, on the left, the horse’s trainer, Harry Wightman.

Davy Jones started at 100-1, led all the way and was clear of Fulke Walwyn on Reynoldstown when, jumping the second last fence Anthony Mildmay slipped the reins to allow Davy Jones to balance himself, only to find that the buckle at the end of the reins had come undone and they slipped through his hands, leaving him without any control. Davy Jones ran out at the last fence and Reynoldstown went on to win.

This was Munnings’ second commission for Lord Mildmay, having previously painted the large scale Lord and Lady Mildmay of Flete, with their Children, Helen and Anthony, with a View towards Ermington in Devonshire in 1923, which was exhibited at The Royal Academy the following year. The painting was later sold at Christie’s, New York, 1 December 1999, lot 144 ($4,292,500).



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Four Grey Horses: Studies of The 9th Duke of Marlborough and Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill

The broken pipe

The Hon. Edward Petre's chestnut colt 'The Colonel' with William Scott up, 1828

A dappled grey horse in a stable with a greyhound, ducks, and a cat

The Star of the East, hove-to in Beaumaris Bay awaiting the pilot to Liverpool

Ships of the fleet becalmed off Castle Cornet at St Peter Port, Guernsey

The raid on Saint Paul, Reunion, September 1809


Founded in 1959, Rountree Tryon Galleries specialises in maritime, wildlife, sporting and travel art from the eighteenth century to the present day. Through carefully sourcing the very best examples and representing leading artists for six decades, Rountree Tryon is established as a global specialist in these areas, with a reputation for quality, expertise and professional service.

The gallery is a member of prestigious trade organisations BADA (The British Antique Dealers' Association), LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers) and SLAD (The Society of London Art Dealers) and a regular exhibitor at art fairs both in London and internationally, including The Treasure House Fair, The Palm Beach Art and Antique Show and The International Show, New York. We are also used by Arts Council England as a consultant for maritime paintings of National importance.

The gallery has placed works with many institutions and important collections worldwide, including the British Museum, Royal Naval Museum, Scottish Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum, The Blue Penny Museum Mauritius, National Museum of Singapore, National Museum of Wildlife Art Wyoming and in Royal collections both in Britain and Europe.

From 2018-2023, Rountree Tryon Galleries Limited and James Rountree Esq. were granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as a Specialist Art Dealer.