Sir Thomas Monnington (1902-1976):
Baptism, circa 1924
Framed (ref: 1052)
pencil and brown ink on tracing paper, 6 in. sq. (15.1 cm. sq.)
In a black receeding frame with gilded knull
This compostion is clearly indebted to Piero della Francesca’s Baptism of Christ (1450s, National Gallery, London). The National Gallery Baptism had a special significance for Monnington - it was, he later recalled, on first seeing this work as a young teenager, that he decided his vocation was to be an artist.