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High Street, Prestbury

High Street, Prestbury

Location: Prestbury, Cheshire, UK

Subject: Landscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1910s

Signature: A Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 33 cm x 76 cm

The artist cleverly depicts the different styles of architecture in the high street in Prestbury, Cheshire. The buildings are bathed in sunlight with figure in the street which is picked out with a dappled light effect. Picturesque Prestbury was one of a number of locations around Manchester where Adolphe Valette, Art Master at Manchester Municipal School of Art would bring students on open-air study trips. Knighton-Hammond studied under Valette so it may well have been on one of these trips that this picture was painted. It has the signs of the influence of Valette who taught the ways of the Impressionists with regards to colour, light and freedom of brushwork.

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