Location: Ditchling, Sussex, UK
Signature: Knighton Hammond
Dimensions: 100 cm x 73 cm
The portrait of Reeves the Tramp with a broken finger completely conveys the human presence and character of the sitter rather than just artistic process – good though that is. Mr Reeves was probably passing through Ditchling and was invited into the studio like many locals, but each sitter had unique individuality. K-H appears to have been drawn to these characters who were both source material and inspiration for him. We know from a watercolour and etchings of Mr Reeves that the artist has captured a good likeness. The portrait demonstrates a thorough understanding of anatomy. The features are painted with supreme confidence: the eyes are striking conveying the character of the sitter; the complexions show the ruggedness which comes with hard outdoor work in all winds and weathers. There is a similar ruggedness conveyed by Mr Reeves’s heavy clothes.