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John Prescot Knight

United Kingdom (1803 -  1881 )
KNIGHT John Prescot Auld Robin Gray

Christie's /Mar 28, 2007
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John Prescot Knight - The Late Charles Dixon

John Prescot Knight - The Late Charles Dixon

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John Prescott Knight (British, 1803-1881),

"The Late Charles Dixon", oil on canvas, unsigned, handwritten label en verso inscribed with the sitter's identity, the artist and his address at "20 James Street, Buckingham Palace", 68-1/4" x 40-3/4". Presented in an elaborate giltwood frame. Exhibited: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1859, entry number 39. Published: Graves, Algernon.

The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors,
, vol. 4. London.

John Prescott Knight was a prolific portrait artist, who had a distinguished career with the Royal Academy in London, painting portraits of the British aristocracy. In 1823, he entered the school after apprenticeships with George Clint and Henry Sass. He went on to specialize in portraiture,making his debut in 1824 with subsequent works being exhibited in 1828 at the British Institute. In 1836 and 1844, respectively, he was appointed Associate and Academician of the Royal Academy, followed by a Professorship from 1848-1873 in Perspective. He also served as the Secretary of the Academy for twenty-six years, before he retired in 1873 with a life pension from the trustees. The portrait offered here of Esquire Charles Dixon reflects Knight's mature style, characterized by near life-size portraits in three-quarter or frontal poses with finely delineated facial features centered by bold forms set against sparsely decorated tertiary backdrops, which the

London Art Journal

declared in its review of the painting to be a "great production of reality and power" when it was exhibited in 1839 at the Royal Academy. Charles Dixon, like many of Knight's sitters, exuded the same mien as his portrait. Dixon was a wealthy London merchant and philanthropist, who founded Stansted College in Sussex for his less fortunate retired brethren with limited means. Reference: "The Royal Academy Art Exhibition".

London Art Journal.

June 1, 1859, p. 163.
John Prescot Knight - Portrait Of Marshall Ramon Cabrera

John Prescot Knight - Portrait Of Marshall Ramon Cabrera

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John Prescott Knight (British, 1803-1881)

Portrait of Marshall Ramon Cabrera, El Tigre del Maestrazgos

oil on canvas

91.5 x 71.5cm (36 x 28 1/8in).

EXHIBITED:

London, Royal Academy, 1864, no. 46

Marshall Raman Cabrera Marques del Ter (1806-77) was a Spanish Carlist general famous for his bravery, determination and mastery of guerilla warfare. He is also remembered for his brutality and ruthlessness.

During the First Carlist War (1833-39) Cabrera quickly rose to prominence. He became the head of Carlist forces in Aragon and Valencia in 1835 and was named Lieutenant-General and Count of Morella in 1838. He earned a reputation for unbounded devotion to the cause, holding his ground in central Spain for almost a year after the other Carlist forces had retreated into France. He was also known for merciless violence and cruelty. His most notorious massacre occurred after his mother was taken hostage and shot by the opposition. In revenge for this crime Cabrera is said to have slaughtered 1100 prisoners of war, 100 officers and 4 of their wives, and countless civilians, earning him the title 'The Tiger of Maestrazgo'.

Cabrera led the Carlist troops again in the Second Carlist War (1846-49) where the Carlist forces were again defeated. Cabrera retreated back to France and from there he travelled to England.

In exile, Cabrera and his English wife bought Wentworth House from the Duke of Wellington's brother-in-law, acquiring further land to create the Wentworth Estate where his widow lived until her death in 1915. These grounds would later be turned into the world famous golf club at Wentworth. The tomb and monument for this controversial and complex character can be found at the church in Virginia Water. A reproduction of the present lot hangs in the City Hall in Morella.
John Prescot Knight - The Army And Navy

John Prescot Knight - The Army And Navy

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Lot number: 2051
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Artist: J.P. Knight,

Title: The Army and Navy,

Printmaker: S.W. Reynolds,

Pub: Lewis & Johnson,

Date: C1850,

Medium: Mixed method engraving with hand color,

Paper size: 28 1/2 x 21,

Inscribed: Artist,

engraver,

and publisher identified within matrix,

Condition: Fair,

with overall toning,

areas of discoloration to paper,

minor surface abrasions,

and old tape verso.
John Prescot Knight - Auld Robin Gray

John Prescot Knight - Auld Robin Gray

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John Prescott Knight, R.A. (1803-1881)
\"Auld Robin Gray\"
Add. Notes: "Auld Robin Gray" oil on panel 24¼ x 30 in. (61.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Notes: La Danseuse au Soleil noir is related to the later print Le Cracheur de Flammes (D. 650), but is presented in a landscape rather than a portrait format, and also bears differences in the background colours. This is confirmed by the certificate written in pencil by the director of the Fondació Miró on the reverse of the sheet. As this is the Bon í  Tirer impression for an edition which was not executed, it may be presumed to be unique.
John Prescot Knight - Portrait Of Lestock Peach Wilson, Seated, Three-quarterlength

John Prescot Knight - Portrait Of Lestock Peach Wilson, Seated, Three-quarterlength

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Lot number: 172
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John Prescott Knight, R.A. (1803-1881)
Portrait of Lestock Peach Wilson, seated, three-quarterlength
inscribed '20 James Street Buckingham Gate No. 3 Portrait ofLestock Peach Wilson late Chairman of the ... by John PrescottKnight' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
55¼ x 44 in. (140.2 x 112 cm.)
Lot Notes
Lestock Peach Wilson was appointed Director of The LondonAssurance Corporation on 11 December 1816. He was their 13thgovernor from 1846-1849.
We are grateful to Esther Mann at the Royal Sun Alliance archivefor her help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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