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Study of Hands

Study of Hands

Location: Chepstow, Monmouth, UK

Medium: Drawing

Date: 10 October 1938

Signature: KHd

Dimensions: 28 cm x 21 cm

This study of hands in red chalk was carried out in October 1938 when Knighton-Hammond was staying at Moynes Court, Cheptow. This was the home of Brigadier General Edmund Herbert (1866-1946) who Knighton-Hammond met at his first Continental exhibition in San Remo in 1922.

Knighton-Hammond’s drawing practice was speedy and economical in development. Hands are notoriously difficult to draw but here the artist has achieved realism using accuracy in outline, contours and hatching for light and shadow. There is subtle exaggeration with which the artist creates feeling of strength and vitality.

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