Private Held

Knights, Winifred

(1899 – 1947)

Design for Wall Decoration, c.1918

Signed on the reverse, and titled (on a War Service Economy Label)

Oil on canvas (Artist’s Colorman)

DESCRIPTION

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

Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.338.

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.

Sheet of studies for Design for Wall Decoration.

Knights with her two Aunts at Lineholt

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THE ARTIST

Knights, Winifred

1899 – 1947

Winifred Knights was born in Streatham, London in 1899. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1915’17, 1918’20 and 1926’27) . In 1919 she jointly won the Slade Summer Composition Competition with A Scene in a Village Street with Mill-Hands Conversing. In 1920, she became the first woman to win the Scholarship in Decorative Painting awarded by the British School at Rome. She remained in Italy until December 1925, marrying fellow Rome Scholar Thomas Monnington (1902’1976) in April 1924. On her return to England, Knights received a commission to paint an altarpiece for the Milner Memorial Chapel in Canterbury. A major commission for the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, on which she had been working for five years, remained unconcluded at her early death, aged 47.
Throughout her life, Winifred Knights produced work through which she explored women’s autonomy. Presenting herself as the central protagonist, and selecting models from her inner circle, she rewrote and reinterpreted fairy tale and legend, biblical narrative and pagan mythology. She was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Winifred Knights
Compositional study for The Flight into Egypt, circa 1938
£17,500.00
Winifred Knights
Study for the Marriage at Cana with a self portrait, circa 1923
£8,000.00
Winifred Knights
Portrait of Colin Gill, c.1921
£10,000.00
Winifred Knights
Portrait Study of Colin Gill, c.1921
£7,500.00
Winifred Knights
Study of a Seated Woman for The Santissima Trinita
£3,000.00
Winifred Knights
Study of Lineholt Farmhouse Facade, c. 1932
£7,000.00
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece, angel from the waist down
£3,000.00
Winifred Knights
Study for Scenes from the Life of St Martin of Tours, circa 1929
£15,000.00
Winifred Knights
Landscape study for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924
£18,500.00