Dedham Film festival

for people who love film

2 - 17 October 2015


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Tom Keating on Constable. Sir Alfred Munnings

- Tom Keating on Constable. Sir Alfred Munnings

Date: Friday 28th September

Time: 11am

Location: The Duchy Barn

Event Duration: 1 hour

Certificate PG

Price: £3.50

An episode from the 1982 Channel 4 series on Tom Keating demonstrating the technique of Constable. This is followed by a short profile, made by Anglia Television in 1961, on Sir Alfred Munnings.

Tom Keating was an infamous master forger who lived and worked in Dedham and is buried in Dedham Churchyard. Keating was a highly skilled artist in his own right but in the late 1970s ended up in the Old Bailey on trial for fraud, after he flooded the art market with forgeries he painted in the style of the old masters. The case was eventually dropped due to Keating's ill-health. Through 1982 and 1983 Keating rallied, however, and although in fragile health, he presented television programmes on the techniques of old masters for Channel 4 in the UK. In this episode Keating shows how to copy the technique of Constable to produce 'The Haywain'.

Bob Welling from Anglia Television presents this profile of the painter Sir Alfred Munnings, illustrated with artworks, photographs and anecdotes. Munnings was born in the Suffolk village of Mendham in 1878 and lived at Castle House in Dedham from 1919 until his death in 1959.

Castle House is now the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, holding the largest single collection of Munning's works. You can visit the museum and there is the opportunity to see his studio, as he left it, wander round the beautiful gardens and have lunch in The Museum Café. The museum is well worth a visit. Only five minutes walk from the centre of Dedham the museum is open from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Refreshments will be available before the performance.