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Winifred Knights: Santissima Trinita, 1924-30

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Winifred Knights: Study for Marriage at Cana

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Winifred Knights: The Deluge, 1920

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Winifred Knights: Marriage at Cana (unfinished), 1923

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Winifred Knights: Study for Santissima Trinita, 1922

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Winfred Knights: Portrait of Anna Matilda Fryer, 1920

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Winifred Knights: Study for Santissima Trinita, 1922

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Winifred Knights: A View to the East from the British School at Rome, 1921

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Winifred Knights: Edge of Abruzzi, 1924-30

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Winifred Knights: portrait of Alfred Hardiman for Marriage at Cana, 1922

Wonderful to discover Winifred Knights (1899-1947) last week at Dulwich Picture Gallery. A knack for drawing, and her Slade training as a mural painter made her into a meticulous, painstakingly perfect draughtswoman. At 21 she caused a sensation as the first woman to win the Prix de Rome scholarship, with The Deluge; but she completed less than ten paintings, all before she was 30, and died without an obituary at 48.

Knights had an innate sense of style; she designed and sewed her own clothes, and painted herself,
friends and family, all dressed similarly, into her pictures. She mixed Vorticism and Modigliani with the solemnity and peculiar light of early Renaissance frescoes to make austerely beautiful paintings.  In this exhibition you can now see all her finished work for the first time, alongside her exquisitely precise preparatory sketches of sleeping female pilgrims and mountain ranges. I loved it.


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