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The Fireplace

The Fireplace

Location: Misterton, Somerset, UK

Subject: Interior Scene

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1950s

Signature: Knighton-Hammond

Dimensions: 57 cm x 78 cm

Knighton-Hammond focuses on the inglenook fireplace probably in his home in either Misterton or Seaborough. Within the fireplace recess are the fire dogs which support the logs and the intricate cast iron fire back. To the side of the fireplace is part of a smoker’s chair. This everyday household feature has been cleverly elevated into an art form. Knighton-Hammond could see artistic beauty and amply compositional strength in some quite mundane subjects and brings them to life in a very colourful way. With this watercolour, Knighton-Hammond’s aim was for simplicity and directness of statement, which the medium is particularly adept.

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