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Market Scene

Market Scene

Location: UK

Subject: Streetscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1920s

Signature: Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 38 cm x 27.5 cm

This market scene is dominated by the powerfully emblematic architecture. The church with its imposing tower and the adjacent historic building has naturalism created by linear perspective and the skilful rendition of masonry and brickwork – not in detail but Impressionistic but sufficient for the materials to be identified. The modern undercover market contrasts with the historic buildings. Not only does Knighton-Hammond achieve pictorial effect but also documentary accuracy.

The activities of the market traders with carts, vehicles, horses and figures provide movement and spontaneity. Knighton-Hammond portrays every day life and cleverly elevates it into an art form.

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