Artist Winifred Knights: Edge of Abruzzi; Boat with three people on a lake

Artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947): Edge of Abruzzi; Boat with three people on a lake

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Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
Edge of Abruzzi; Boat with three people on a lake
Framed (ref: 927)

Signed on the reserved with initials and dated 1930

Oil on canvas

26 3/16 x 26 3/16 in. (66.5 x 66.5 cm)

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Provenance: French Gallery; Stephen  Courtauld

I had seen reproductions of Edge of Abruzzi; Boat with three people on

a lake many times and had even visited Piediluco, the small town near

Rome from where my mother drew her inspiration for this picture. But

I only got to see the original artwork in 2016 when it formed part of the

Winifred Knights exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.


I returned to view it on several occasions, its immense beauty

having a very powerful effect on me. Even when surrounded by many,

many visitors I always fell under its quiet spell as it revealed yet another

intricate detail. I feel sad and joyful at the same time that I have, at last,

seen the painting ‘in the flesh’ – sad that I will probably never get to view

it again, but happy that I have had the opportunity to study and enjoy

this most wonderful work at close hand.


When I was a schoolboy, I was slightly aware of there being

something exceptional about my mother, but I was totally ignorant of

her true abilities. Now, at the end of my life, I am delighted to have

learnt of her tremendous talent and been able to appreciate so much of

her work, from childhood sketches through to her major pictures. She

had just begun to paint again – after a twelve year hiatus – when she died

so tragically young at the age of forty-seven.


Commentary by John Monnington. Monnington (b.1934) is a retired precision engineer. He is the son of Winifred Knights and Sir Walter Thomas Monnington (PRA), and acts as archivist of their works.