The Friesian Bull
Munnings was inspired to paint this scene during a stay with his friends and patrons, Mr and Mrs James Putnam, on their farm near Exeter, UK. The importing of livestock had been banned in 1896 (in an attempt to control the spread of disease). This bull was one of a select few brought to Britain in 1914 and which formed the beginnings of today's population of Friesian cows. Munnings claimed to have painted the entire picture on impulse immediately after seeing the bull one morning. It was later revealed that the artist had produced a sketch of the scene and used a model for the final composition.