Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
Self Portrait as Little Miss Muffet, June 1918
Framed (ref: 7564)
Signed and dated June 1918
Provenance: Private Collection
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.268.
A pen & ink and watercolour illustration depicting Little Miss Muffet (June 1918) reveals a strong sense of design which marks a clear departure for Knight's more conventional, earlier Art-Nouveau-inspired compositions, such as Goblin Market. Knights portrays herself as the protagonist, the horizontal vertical strips of her dress offset by her headscarf plain field of colour. The treatment of face and hands – elongated and symmetrical, with strong outline and an emphasis on the underlying anatomical geometry - would now become a defining characteristic of her figurative work.
Winifred Knights, Sasha Llewellyn, Lund Humphries, 2016.p 45
Arnold Mason, Portrait of Winifred Knights
(Royal Collection), 1919