Sir Thomas Monnington (1902-1976):
Study for The Act of Union, St. Stephen's Hall, Palace of Westminster, circa 1926
Framed (ref: 7334)
Pen and ink and watercolour on tracing paper
Provenance: Provenance: The estate of R Schwabe; thence be descent, inherited by his granddaughters through his daughter.
The finished work is 9 x 15 ft. Monnington clearly based his composition on Peter Angelis’s Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter, painted in 1713, (National Portrait Gallery). A small-scale preliminary oil sketch (31 x 44 ¾) was given by Monnington to Cameron, who bequeathed it to the National Gallery of Scotland. A sanguine study for the head of a nobleman was purchased by the Contemporary Art Society and presented to the British Museum in 1927.
Monnington was working on the Cartoon when visited by Tonks in February 1927; Tonks, Monnington reported to his brother, seemed to like the work very well…. Whatever else he may be, Monnington added, Tonks is a very great critic.
The final paintings were unveiled on 28 June 1927 by the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.