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Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle

Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire, UK

Subject: Landscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 29th March 1918

Signature: A Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 38 cm x 27 cm

Caesar’s Tower, Warwick Castle was painted when Knighton-Hammond was on holiday from the war work he was engaged in at British Dyes in Manchester and Huddersfield. The artist had clearly mastered the art of depicting architecture. There is a variety of buildings from different eras and status but dominated by the 14th century Caesar’s Tower. The freedom of the watercolour, combined with elements of charcoal drawing, shows the development in the artist’s style and technique following the influential time he spent studying under Adolphe Valette at Manchester Municipal School of Art. It was quite rare for Knighton-Hammond to use charcoal or any form of drawing in his watercolours. The charcoal elements do add to the composition particularly in the leafless tree with its spindly branches allowing a view of the castle beyond.

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