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Winifred Knights (1899-1947)   BIOGRAPHY

Landscape study for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924
Framed (ref: 85)

Thinned oil on tracing paper

7 7/8 x 18 5/8 in. (20 x 47.4 cm)


Provenance: the artist's studio; Andrew McIntosh Patrick Exhibited: Rome, The British School at Rome, Winifred Knights 1995 (11b) Literature: Paul Liss, Winifred Knights, 1995, p. 55; p. 40, reproduced

This landscape is one of a series of studies made during 1924 whilst Knights and Monnington were on their honeymoon in Piediluco. Monnington used the same setting for his iconic Tate painting Allegory and Knights for her major painting Santissima Trinita. In an undated manuscript in the archives of the British School at Rome, Monnington recounts: 'On her return to England (1926) she completed, after months of work, a picture for which she had made many studies in Italy. She gave it the title of The Santissima Trinita'.

Winifred Knights (1899-1947)

Painter and draughtsman, born in London, married to the artist Walter Thomas Monnington. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1915-17 and 1918-20. Her teachers included Henry Tonks and Fred Brown and she personified the Slade School tradition under their reign. In 1919 she won the Slade Summer Composition Prize (for Mill Hands on Strike) and the following year the coveted Rome Scholarship. She remained in Rome 1920-25, marrying fellow Rome Scholar Thomas Monnington in April 1924. One of her principal works was The Marriage at Cana for the British School at Rome, now in the National Gallery of New Zealand in Wellington. The Tate Gallery also holds her work, including her iconic winning entry for the Rome Scholarship, The Deluge, 1919. Knights died in London at the age of 48.

Had Knights produced more during her relatively short life she might well today be considered among the major women painters of the twentieth century.

Selected literature: Paul Liss, Winifred Knights, The British School at Rome/Fine Art Society plc, 1995

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