Edge of Abruzzi....boat with three people on a lake, 1924-30
Framed (ref: 927)
Signed on the reserved with initials and dated 1930
26 3/16 x 26 3/16 in. (66.5 x 66.5 cm)
Provenance: French Gallery; Stephen Courtauld
Piediluco, (literally foot of a sacred grove) is a small Umbrian town between Terni and Rieti. The Lake of Piediluco, seventeen kilometres in circumference, is surrounded by wooded hills; tall birches and firs, with occasional vineyards. From July to September 1924, for their honeymoon, Monnington and Knights rented the top floor of a villa overlooking the lake; the landscape around Piediluco proved a huge inspiration for both of them: Our Loggia overhanging the lake is fine to work in. Its over 40 ft long and 15 ft wide and we line in it as well as work. We cross by bridge to our bedroom which is in the main house and as large as a palace bedroom with a vaulted and painted ceiling covered all over with pictures of the lake and flying cherubs... I do my big picture all day in the loggia and go out sketching in the evening when it is cooler or rather less sunny. Tom is out all day because he is doing backgrounds for his big picture. (Letter from Knights to her aunt, LIV 11.August 1924). The "big picture" to which Knights refers was Monningtons iconic Allegory, (Tate collection); Knights used the same landscape as the setting for her epic Santissima Trinita, (private collection, Canada). A panel of Lake Piediluco was presented by Monnington as his Diploma Work on his election to the Royal Academy.