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Drying the Sails, Venice

Drying the Sails, Venice

Location: Venice, Italy

Subject: Boating Scene

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1920s

Signature: Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 28 cm x 36 cm

This colourful watercolour depicts and busy Venetian canal with sailing and rowing boats and figures engaging in everyday subjects and activities of this iconic city. There is a slight heat haze with the facing façades of the buildings in sunlight and the façade following the canal running away from the spectator in shade. The water reflects the colours of the sailing boats with brushwork evoking the shimmering light. The scene offered Knighton-Hammond an opportunity to explore the pictorial possibilities of striking atmospheric effects that impose an overall unity onto the composition.

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