Arnold Mason (1885-1963):
Portrait of Winifred Knights wearing a coral necklace, reading, circa 1921
Framed (ref: 103)
Pencil on paper, 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. (25 x 18 cm.)
Provenance: Winifred Knights; thence by descent
Winifred Knights was one of the Slade's most striking beauties. Fellow Slade-trained artists Mason, Gill and Monnington all fell under her spell. This portrait by Mason is likely to date from August 1921 when - as Knight's fiancé - he visited her at the end of her first year as a Rome Scholar.
In a letter dated 10th August Knights refers to Mason's staying with her at Anticoli Corrado: 'Arnold put all his sketches on the wall today. He has over 30 most of them beauties .. I have bought a lovely coral necklace a beauty.'