Location: Blewbury, Berkshire, UK
Dimensions: 126 cm x 100 cm
‘The Cronies’ was an affectionate title Knighton-Hammond gave to this oil painting. A painting that was to remain with him from when it was painted in 1937 for the remainder of his life and is still in the Hammond family to this day. Painted in Blewbury in Berkshire, the two old characters were the village carpenter and a farm labourer – just the sort of people Knighton-Hammond loved to paint. Wonderfully painted in thick impasto oil paint with the brushwork economically articulating contour and defines form. With these characters the artist has gone beyond the merely physical to achieve a psychological likeness, communicating the soul and character of these two gentlemen. This has been possible by the skill in the painting of the heads and hands. The light coloured, plain background projects the sitters into the space of the spectator. Deep in conversation, the suggested movement achieved by the artist gives one the feeling of visually eaves-dropping on the two gentlemen’s conversation. The still life elements were also well depicted.