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Winifred Knights (1899-1947)   BIOGRAPHY

 PRIVATE COLLECTION
 
Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919
Framed (ref: 6082)
Signed and dated
Watercolour
27 x 32cm 
Provenance: Allan Gwynne Jones.

 


Provenance: Allan Gwynne Jones.


When Peace was declared  ​the majority of ​munitions had to be decommissioned.  In this picture although the work force is predominantly female the return of the male population is evident. ​



Winifred Knights (1899-1947)

Painter and draughtsman, born in London, married to the artist Walter Thomas Monnington. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1915-17 and 1918-20. Her teachers included Henry Tonks and Fred Brown and she personified the Slade School tradition under their reign. In 1919 she won the Slade Summer Composition Prize (for Mill Hands on Strike) and the following year the coveted Rome Scholarship. She remained in Rome 1920-25, marrying fellow Rome Scholar Thomas Monnington in April 1924. One of her principal works was The Marriage at Cana for the British School at Rome, now in the National Gallery of New Zealand in Wellington. The Tate Gallery also holds her work, including her iconic winning entry for the Rome Scholarship, The Deluge, 1919. Knights died in London at the age of 48.

Had Knights produced more during her relatively short life she might well today be considered among the major women painters of the twentieth century.

Selected literature: Paul Liss, Winifred Knights, The British School at Rome/Fine Art Society plc, 1995

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