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Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
The Potato Harvest
Framed (ref: 7005)
Watercolour over pen-and-ink
11 3/4 x 15 1/8 in. (30 x 38.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection
In this picture, Knights depicts herself (foreground centre) transferring potatoes into a traditional clam. This was one of many rural activities in which she participated while convalescing in Worcestershire during the war. Both the arrangement of background colours into a flattened patchwork quilt of contrasting colours and the frieze-like placing of foreground figures, would become favourite compositional devices, as would the use of motifs such as the ladder and haycocks.