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Portrait of John, the Artist's Son

Portrait of John, the Artist's Son

Location: Ditchling, Sussex, UK

Subject: Portrait

Medium: Oils

Date: 1930s

Signature: Knighton-Hammond (verso)

Dimensions: 60 cm x 49.5 cm

This portrait of John, the artist’s son sitting in his highchair is striking for the expression of the sitter and the colourful clothes he is wearing. John is captured with rosy red cheeks and a shock of light brown hair. His outfit is a vibrant yellow. His eyes, staring out at the spectator are big and striking. One can see the moisture in both eyes and lips. All elements are painted with thick, impasto oil paints giving texture and assisting with the modelling. The light-coloured background projects John out of the picture plane into the space of the spectator.

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