20th Century British Art

Winifred Knights (1899-1947)

Knights achieved critical acclaim at the age of 21 when she became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Rome Scholarship in Decorative Painting.  Her winning entry, The Deluge (Tate, 1920), was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1921 to widespread acclaim, and considered by critics to be ‘the work of a genius’.   Despite only producing a handful of paintings due to her meticulous methodology, Knights was celebrated during her lifetime as one of the outstanding artists of her generation. After her early death at the age of 47 she languished in near-obscurity for almost seventy years, until her reputation was reestablished in her first-ever retrospective held at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016.


Knights trained at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1915 – 1920 where she outshone her contemporaries by winning numerous prizes, including the coveted Summer Competition (1919) and a Slade Scholarship (1919). After five years spent in Rome (1920 – 1925), she returned to England, where her major commissions included a reredos for the St Martin’s Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral and a large Flight into Egypt for Balcarres Castle, which was left unfinished on her death. 



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Artist Winifred Knights: Full length standing nude, hands on hips (recto); rear view (verso)

Winifred Knights
Full length standing nude
£500
Artist Winifred Knights: A spirit of the hearth, c.1914

Winifred Knights
A spirit of the hearth, c.1914
£675
Artist Winifred Knights: Illustration of female figure, picking flowers, c. 1914

Winifred Knights
Illustration of female figure
£940
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait in a troubadors costume, circa 1915

Winifred Knights
Self portrait in a troubador's costume
£975
Artist Winifred Knights: Vignette of young lady, holding bonnet, c 1914

Winifred Knights
Vignette of young lady
£735
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait: design for a frontispiece, c.1914

Winifred Knights
Self Portrait: design for a...
£700
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait, inspired by a fashion plate, c. 1915

Winifred Knights
Self-portrait
£875
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study for a guest at the Marriage of Cana, circa 1923

Winifred Knights
Portrait study for a guest at the...
£1250
Artist Winifred Knights: Paradise - Compositional Study

Winifred Knights
Paradise - Compositional Study
£1825
Artist Winifred Knights: Life drawing, nude three-quarter view, circa 1920

Winifred Knights
Life drawing
£2900
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of studies of snowdrops

Winifred Knights
Sheet of studies of snowdrops
£1200
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for The Flight into Egypt, circa 1933-39

Winifred Knights
Study for The Flight into Egypt
£1500
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait in fancy dress, The American Academy masked Ball, 1921 (recto); interior designs (verso)

Winifred Knights
Self portrait in fancy dress
£975
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study, circa 1919

Winifred Knights
Portrait study, circa 1919
£875
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of Figure. Studies with self-portrait, circa 1922

Winifred Knights
Sheet of Figure. Studies with...
£880
Artist Winifred Knights: Trees in the Borghese Gardens

Winifred Knights
Trees in the Borghese Gardens
£1400
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of bluebells for The Flight into Egypt, c.1938

Winifred Knights
Study of bluebells for The Flight...Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martins Altarpiece, Canterbury Cathedral, circa 1932

Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin's AltarpieceReserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin kneeling, St Martins altarpiece, circa 1928

Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin kneelingReserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, circa 1928

Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpieceReserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece

Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpieceReserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait and study for the deluge, circa 1919

Winifred Knights
Self portrait and study for the delugeFor sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of studies for design of wall decoration

Winifred Knights
Sheet of studies for design of wall... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study of Colin Gill, circa 1921

Winifred Knights
Portrait study of Colin Gill 
Artist Winifred Knights: Little Miss Muffet, June 1918

Winifred Knights
Little Miss Muffet, June 1918 
Artist Winifred Knights: The artist in a dress of her own design

Winifred Knights
The artist in a dress of her own design 
Artist Winifred Knights: Cartoon for Scenes from the Life of Saint Martin of Tours

Winifred Knights
Cartoon for Scenes from the Life of... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait

Winifred Knights
Self-portrait 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional study for the Deluge with a portrait of the artist in fancy dress

Winifred Knights
Compositional study for the Deluge... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of a seated woman for The Santissima Trinita

Winifred Knights
Study of a seated woman for The... 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Potato Harvest

Winifred Knights
The Potato Harvest 
Artist Winifred Knights: Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919

Winifred Knights
Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919 
Artist Winifred Knights: The front door of Line Holt Farm House

Winifred Knights
The front door of Line Holt Farm House 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Lineholt Farmhouse Facade, c. 1932

Winifred Knights
Study of Lineholt Farmhouse Facade 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Front Door, Lineholt Farmhouse Door, c. 1932

Winifred Knights
Study of Front Door 
Artist Winifred Knights: Figure study, St Martins altarpiece, circa 1928

Winifred Knights
Figure study 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, angel from the waist down

Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece 
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait of Arnold Mason, circa 1919

Winifred Knights
Portrait of Arnold Mason, circa 1919 
Artist Winifred Knights: Italian Landscape, circa 1924

Winifred Knights
Italian Landscape, circa 1924 
Artist Winifred Knights: Edge of Abruzzi....boat with three people on a lake, 1924-30

Winifred Knights
Edge of Abruzzi....boat with three... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for ‘Scenes from the Life of St Martin of Tours’, circa 1929

Winifred Knights
Study for ‘Scenes from the Life of... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918

Winifred Knights
Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Deluge - the original cartoon, circa 1919

Winifred Knights
The Deluge - the original cartoon 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape study for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924

Winifred Knights
Landscape study for Santissima Trinita 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for Design for Wall Decoration - Three Women Bearing Baskets of Apples, circa 1918

Winifred Knights
Study for 'Design for Wall... 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape, Piediluco, 1924

Winifred Knights
Landscape, Piediluco, 1924