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St Mary's Church, South Perrott

St Mary's Church, South Perrott

Location: South Perrott, Dorset, UK

Subject: Streetscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: June 1948

Signature: Knighton-Hammond

Dimensions: 32 cm x 41 cm

St Mary’s Church at South Perrott in Dorset near the Somerset border has an instinctive feeling for light, colour, tone and space resulting in a work of luminosity, freshness and clarity. The Dorset vernacular architecture of the cottage and the ecclesiastical architecture of the church are beautifully depicted with a master class in perspective accuracy drawn directly with the brush. The figure moving through the churchyard gateway gives scale and movement. A label verso in the artist’s hand dates the picture to June 1948.

Painted en plain air Knighton-Hammond still enjoyed painting on the spot and would have rapidly produced this watercolour hence it’s spontaneity.

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