Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - Winifred Knights: Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918

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 PRIVATE COLLECTION


 
Winifred Knights:
Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918

Framed (ref: 451)
Signed on the reverse, and titled (on a War Service Economy Label)
Oil on canvas (Artist's Colorman), 25 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)

Tags: Winifred Knights British School of Rome farms/domestic animals work Knights at Dulwich WOMEN



Provenance: The Artist's Estate;private collection.
Exhibited: London, The Fine Art Society, Winifred Knights, 1995, no. 2a
Literature: Paul Liss, Winifred Knights, The Fine Art Society, 1995, no. 2a, pp. 31 and 48

This oil study is for the earliest of Knights' decorative paintings: Design for Wall Decoration, the Slade Sketch Club Special Figure Subject for January 1918.  The mural itself is unlikely to have been executed - other studies indicate that its intended size was to be 5 X 6 ft (the size of paintings entered for the Scholarship to Rome). The picture is inspired by the Italian Primitives, as the clarity of form, and the thoughtful arrangement of the figures in space indicate. The studies for the composition were probably executed while staying at Lineholt Farm in Worcestershire, between October 1917 and October 1918.


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