Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
Portrait Study of Colin Gill, c.1921
Framed (ref: 7631)
Pencil on paper
Provenance: The Artist's Family; thence by descent
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.179.
During Knights’ first few months at the British School, Colin Gill introduced her to Rome and its historic sites and monuments, and together they attended fancy-dress balls, the Russian Ballet and Opera, visited flower markets, ate in Gill’s favourite restaurant at Trajan’s Forum and made trips to Tivoli and the seaside. In March 1921, accompanied by Gill’s sister Marjory, they set off on a walking expedition in the countryside north west of Rome, and then travelled by bus to Viterbo, Orvieto, Assisi, Perugia and Florence. This portrait study likely dates from this expedition.