Location: Misterton, Somerset, UK
Dimensions: 70 cm x 91 cm
25 pounder under a chestnut tree portrays the artillery who were billeted at Knighton-Hammond’s home, Old Court, Misterton during the Second World War. The 25 pounder, a British field gun, under the tree was one of a number used by the army for training in the grounds. Another gun can be seen in the mid-foreground. To describe the elements of the composition, Knighton-Hammond uses daubs of thickly applied pigment and bold accents of light and shadow. The sunny day called for a bright, light palette. It demonstrates the artist’s command of the Impressionist style with an instinctive feeling for light, colour and tone enabling him to produce a work of luminosity and clarity. The soldiers give life and movement to the composition and the artist’s son, John, is showing interest watching the soldiers going about their duties. The oil painting demonstrates Knighton-Hammond’s considerable artistic skill and documentary accuracy. Painted in August 1942, St Leonard’s Church is visible in the background.