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Winifred Knights (1899-1947)

Knights achieved critical acclaim at the age of 21 when she became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Rome Scholarship in Decorative Painting.  Her winning entry, The Deluge (Tate, 1920), was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1921 to widespread acclaim, and considered by critics to be ‘the work of a genius’.   Despite only producing a handful of paintings due to her meticulous methodology, Knights was celebrated during her lifetime as one of the outstanding artists of her generation. After her early death at the age of 47 she languished in near-obscurity for almost seventy years, until her reputation was reestablished in her first-ever retrospective held at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016.


Knights trained at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1915 – 1920 where she outshone her contemporaries by winning numerous prizes, including the coveted Summer Competition (1919) and a Slade Scholarship (1919). After five years spent in Rome (1920 – 1925), she returned to England, where her major commissions included a reredos for the St Martin’s Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral and a large Flight into Egypt for Balcarres Castle, which was left unfinished on her death. 



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Artist Winifred Knights: Full length standing nude, hands on hips (recto); rear view (verso)
Winifred Knights
Full length standing nude  For sale
£500
Artist Winifred Knights: A spirit of the hearth, c.1914
Winifred Knights
A spirit of the hearth, c.1914  For sale
£675
Artist Winifred Knights: Illustration of female figure, picking flowers, c. 1914
Winifred Knights
Illustration of female figure  For sale
£940
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait in a troubadors costume, circa 1915
Winifred Knights
Self portrait in a troubador's costume  For sale
£975
Artist Winifred Knights: Vignette of young lady, holding bonnet, c 1914
Winifred Knights
Vignette of young lady  For sale
£735
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait: design for a frontispiece, c.1914
Winifred Knights
Self Portrait: design for a...  For sale
£700
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait, inspired by a fashion plate, c. 1915
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait  For sale
£875
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study for a guest at the Marriage of Cana, circa 1923
Winifred Knights
Portrait study for a guest at the...  For sale
£1250
Artist Winifred Knights: Paradise - Compositional Study
Winifred Knights
Paradise - Compositional Study  For sale
£1825
Artist Winifred Knights: Life drawing, nude three-quarter view, circa 1920
Winifred Knights
Life drawing  For sale
£2900
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of studies of snowdrops
Winifred Knights
Sheet of studies of snowdrops  For sale
£1200
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for The Flight into Egypt, circa 1933-39
Winifred Knights
Study for The Flight into Egypt  For sale
£1500
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait in fancy dress, The American Academy masked Ball, 1921 (recto); interior designs (verso)
Winifred Knights
Self portrait in fancy dress  For sale
£975
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study, circa 1919
Winifred Knights
Portrait study, circa 1919  For sale
£875
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of Figure. Studies with self-portrait, circa 1922
Winifred Knights
Sheet of Figure. Studies with...  For sale
£880
Artist Winifred Knights: Trees in the Borghese Gardens
Winifred Knights
Trees in the Borghese Gardens  For sale
£1400
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of bluebells for The Flight into Egypt, c.1938
Winifred Knights
Study of bluebells for The Flight...  Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martins Altarpiece, Canterbury Cathedral, circa 1932
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin's Altarpiece  Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin kneeling, St Martins altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin kneeling  Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece  Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece  Reserved 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self portrait and study for the deluge, circa 1919
Winifred Knights
Self portrait and study for the deluge  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait study of Colin Gill, circa 1921
Winifred Knights
Portrait study of Colin Gill  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Little Miss Muffet, June 1918
Winifred Knights
Little Miss Muffet, June 1918  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: The artist in a dress of her own design
Winifred Knights
The artist in a dress of her own design  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Cartoon for Scenes from the Life of Saint Martin of Tours
Winifred Knights
Cartoon for Scenes from the Life of...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional study for the Deluge with a portrait of the artist in fancy dress
Winifred Knights
Compositional study for the Deluge...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of a seated woman for The Santissima Trinita
Winifred Knights
Study of a seated woman for The...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Potato Harvest
Winifred Knights
The Potato Harvest  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919
Winifred Knights
Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: The front door of Line Holt Farm House
Winifred Knights
The front door of Line Holt Farm House  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Lineholt Farmhouse Facade, c. 1932
Winifred Knights
Study of Lineholt Farmhouse Facade  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Front Door, Lineholt Farmhouse Door, c. 1932
Winifred Knights
Study of Front Door  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Figure study, St Martins altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Figure study  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, angel from the waist down
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Portrait of Arnold Mason, circa 1919
Winifred Knights
Portrait of Arnold Mason, circa 1919  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Italian Landscape, circa 1924
Winifred Knights
Italian Landscape, circa 1924  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Edge of Abruzzi....boat with three people on a lake, 1924-30
Winifred Knights
Edge of Abruzzi....boat with three...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for ‘Scenes from the Life of St Martin of Tours’, circa 1929
Winifred Knights
Study for ‘Scenes from the Life of...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918
Winifred Knights
Design for Wall Decoration, circa 1918  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Deluge - the original cartoon, circa 1919
Winifred Knights
The Deluge - the original cartoon  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape study for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924
Winifred Knights
Landscape study for Santissima Trinita  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for Design for Wall Decoration - Three Women Bearing Baskets of Apples, circa 1918
Winifred Knights
Study for 'Design for Wall...  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape, Piediluco, 1924
Winifred Knights
Landscape, Piediluco, 1924  Privately held 
Artist Winifred Knights: A View to the East from the British School at Rome
Winifred Knights
A View to the East from the British...  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional study for Pompilia
Winifred Knights
Compositional study for Pompilia  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of the exterior of a house by Lake Piediluco
Winifred Knights
Study of the exterior of a house by...  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional study for The Marriage at Cana
Winifred Knights
Compositional study for The Marriage...  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Early compositional study for The Deluge
Winifred Knights
Early compositional study for The...  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Mabel Knights seated in a hayfield
Winifred Knights
Mabel Knights seated in a hayfield  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for Jairus Daughter
Winifred Knights
Study for Jairus' Daughter  For sale 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for the Marriage at Cana, seated nude, three quarter frontal view, circa 1924
Winifred Knights
Study for the Marriage at Cana  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Full Length Standing Nude, profile view, pen ink and wash, circa 1920
Winifred Knights
Full Length Standing Nude  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Full length, three quarter rear view model, probably Eileen, the artists sister, circa 1918
Winifred Knights
Full length  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Illustration to Algernon Blackwoods The Centaur, 1915
Winifred Knights
Illustration to Algernon Blackwood's...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait inspired by a fashion plate, circa 1914
Winifred Knights
Self Portrait inspired by a fashion...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait, circa 1916
Winifred Knights
Self Portrait, circa 1916  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of a narcissus, for the Flight into Egypt, circa 1938
Winifred Knights
Study of a narcissus  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Spring foliage, study for The Flight into Egypt, circa 1938
Winifred Knights
Spring foliage  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait, inspired by a fashion plate, c. 1914
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Mary for St Martins Altarpiece, Canterbury Cathedral, circa 1932
Winifred Knights
Study of Mary for St Martin's...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of the waters edge, possibly for Santissima Trinita, circa 1927
Winifred Knights
Study of the water's edge  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of watermelons for The Marriage at Cana
Winifred Knights
Study of watermelons for The...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of a Tree in Winter for Scenes from the Life of Saint Martin of Tours
Winifred Knights
Study of a Tree in Winter for Scenes...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Waterbasins at Anticoli Corrado, Lazio
Winifred Knights
Study of Waterbasins at Anticoli...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Sheet of studies with self-portrait for Design for Wall Decoration
Winifred Knights
Sheet of studies with self-portrait...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of sleeping nude for Jairus Daughtert
Winifred Knights
Study of sleeping nude for Jairus'...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape study, Italy, with colour notes
Winifred Knights
Landscape study  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional Figure study with self-portrait
Winifred Knights
Compositional Figure study with...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Bathsheba
Winifred Knights
Bathsheba  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape at Roydon, Essex
Winifred Knights
Landscape at Roydon, Essex  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Santissima Trinita
Winifred Knights
The Santissima Trinita  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of a haystack
Winifred Knights
Study of a haystack  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait sketching at a table
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait sketching at a table  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Compositional study for Scenes from the Life of Saint Martin of Tours
Winifred Knights
Compositional study for Scenes from...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape at Roydon, Essex
Winifred Knights
Landscape at Roydon, Essex  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for sleeping woman for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924-30
Winifred Knights
Study for sleeping woman for...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Figure Study, ‘Scenes from the Life of St Martin of Tours’, circa 1929
Winifred Knights
Figure Study  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait, circa 1920
Winifred Knights
Self Portrait, circa 1920  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Four studies, mounted as one, circa 1922
Winifred Knights
Four studies  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of Angels wings Saint Martins Altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Study of Angels wings Saint Martin's...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Architectural studies, possibly the British School at Rome, circa 1923
Winifred Knights
Architectural studies  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study of cliff tops
Winifred Knights
Study of cliff tops  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Aladdin with self portrait
Winifred Knights
Aladdin with self portrait  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St Martin altarpiece, circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Study for St Martin altarpiece  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Martin altarpiece, drapery study circa 1928
Winifred Knights
Martin altarpiece  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for Santissima Trinita, circa 1924
Winifred Knights
Study for Santissima Trinita  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for St. Martins, circa 1930
Winifred Knights
Study for St. Martin's, circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape study for Santisima Trinita, circa 1924
Winifred Knights
Landscape study for Santisima Trinita  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Fairy Tale, c.1915
Winifred Knights
Fairy Tale, c.1915  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Study for the Marriage at Cana, circa 1923
Winifred Knights
Study for the Marriage at Cana  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Goose Girl, 1918
Winifred Knights
The Goose Girl, 1918  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: The Artist in a dress of her own design: three sketches, circa 1922
Winifred Knights
The Artist in a dress of her own...  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self Portrait, circa 1923
Winifred Knights
Self Portrait, circa 1923  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Figure Study, ‘Scenes from the Life of St Martin of Tours’, circa 1929
Winifred Knights
Figure Study  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Landscape, Piediluco, 1924
Winifred Knights
Landscape, Piediluco, 1924  Sold 
Artist Winifred Knights: Self-portrait with Compositional Design, circa 1919
Winifred Knights
Self-portrait with Compositional Design  Sold