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Wayford Manor

Wayford Manor

Location: Wayford, Somerset, UK

Subject: Landscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1950s

Signature: Knighton-Hammond

Dimensions: 58.5 cm x 76 cm

This watercolour of Wayford Manor near Crewkerne shows Knighton-Hammond at his Impressionist best. Painted during the 1940s or 50s there is an instinctive feeling for light, colour and tone which enabled him to produce a work of such luminosity and clarity. Wayford Manor was then owned by Mrs Knighton-Hammond’s relatives. The arched loggia was an early twentieth-century extension to the historic building designed by garden designer/architect Harold Peto. The powerfully emblematic Somerset vernacular architecture of the building with its window surrounds, arches, label mouldings, copings and garden balustrade and steps demonstrate the artist’s skill in the brilliant rendition of sun-bathed masonry of the south elevation. The figure in the garden gives scale and movement and the flowers add colour to the composition which powerfully engages the viewer’s interest.

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