Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
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
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'.
Knights made extensive landscape studies during her stay in Italy (see Italian Landscape, 1920, Tate Gallery
NO3683), most frequently of the countryside around Lazio, Umbria and the Abruzzi. She often worked in
triplicate, creating a drawing, then an outline on tracing paper and lastly a colour study.