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Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s works represent so many aspects of Ninetee­nth Century painting, in­cluding history, genre, landscape, portrait, and floral themes. In each work, all that is aesthetic is recorded with fine detail and skill.In order to faithfully record the scenery, Knight studied the different phases of the day and their effects on the environ­ment.

Knight built a glass studio outside of his home, enabl­ing him to paint outdoors, even in the dead of winter.  Whether he was concen­trating on the evening with the glow of moon­light upon the Seine River or on a young woman in a brightly colored flower garden at midday, each scene is depicted with great detail and with specific attention to a realistic portrayal of the landscape.

Daniel Ridgway Knight was born on March 15,1839 in Pennsylvania. He studied and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, were he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins.  In 1861, he went to Paris to study at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Cabanel, and to apprentice in the atelier of Charles-Gabriel-Gleyre.

He returned to Philadelphia in 1863 to serve in the Union Army.  During the war, Knight practiced sketching facial expressions and capturing human emotion in his work.  He sketched battle scenes, recording the war for history.  He founded the Philadelphia Sketch Club, where he showed works that dealt with the Civil War, mythology, and scenes from opera.  In 1871 Knight married Rebecca Morris Webste­r and after the wedding he began working as a portrait painter in order to make enough money to return to France.

In 1872, once settled in France, Knight befriended Renoir, Sisley, and Wordsworth, all of whose influences can be seen in his work.  He also enjoyed a close relationship with Meissonier.  In 1875 he painted a painting called Wash Day (35 ½” x 51 ¼”) after a sketch by Meissonier for which he received critical acclaim. Knight was also strongly affected by the works of Jean-Francois Millet.  In 1874 while painting in Barbizon, Knight went to visit Millet and found his view of peasant life to be too fatali­stic.  As opposed to Millet, Knight focused on depicting the rural classes during their happier moments.  Other important influences were Bastien-Lepage, with whom he is most often compared, and Jules Breton for his plein-air style.

Knight’s works during the 1870’s and 1880’s focused on the peasant at work in the field’s or doing the day’s chores - collecting water or washing clothes at the riverside.  His painting Hailing the Ferry, painted in 1888 and currently in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, depicts two peasant girls calling for the ferryman on the other side of the river.  This work, considered one of the artist’s masterpieces, captures all the elements of his pre-Rolleboise period - the subdued light and color, the finely detailed figures and the artist’s acute attention to detail.

By the late1890’s, Knight established a home in Rolleboise, some forty miles west of Paris.  Here he began to paint the scenes that were to make his work so sought after by contemporary collectors - views of his garden.  His home had a beautiful garden terrace that overlooked the Seine - a view he often used in his paintings.  Collectors from across the globe vied for these works, which featured pretty local girls in his garden.  Works from this period include The Roses currently in the collection of the J.B. Speed Museum and The Letter in the Joslyn Art Museum - both of which feature pretty young women surrounded by lush flora.

Knight received a third class medal at the Salon in 188 8 for Hailing the Ferry and a Gold Medal at the Munich Exhibition that same year.  In 1889 he was awarded a Silver Medal at the Paris Exposition and was knighted in the Legion of Honor, becoming an officer in 1914.  In 1896 he received the Grand Medal of Honor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Daniel R. Knight died in Paris on March 9, 1924.


Selected works by Daniel Ridgway Knight in U.S. public collec­tions: 

The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (1867) - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD.
Scene from Faust - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ.
Peasants Lunching in a Field (1875) - Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
Market at Poissy (1876) - The Museum at Drexel University, Phil., PA.
At the Well (1880) - Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rural Courtship (n.d.) - Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK.
Waiting for the Ferry (1885) - Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Noonday Meal (1887) - Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA.
Hailing the Ferry (1888) - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phil., PA.
The Water Carriers (1892) - Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI.
The Shepherdess (1896) - Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Trysting Place (n.d.) - Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA.
Springtime (n.d.) - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
The Gossips (n.d.) - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA.
Noonday Meal (n.d.) - Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
Life is Sweet (n.d.) - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.
Landscape at Swickley PA. (n.d.) - Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT.
The Idler (n.d.) - Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.
Girl by a Stream (n.d.) - Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
Brittany Girl Fishing (n.d.) - Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.
The Roses (n.d.) - J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY.
The Letter - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NB.
French Thrift - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NB.

Literature:

Americans in Brittany and Normandy, 1860-1910, Phoenix Art Museum. 
A Pastoral Legacy: Paintings and Drawings by the American Artists Ridgway Knight and Aston Knight,  Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University 1989. 
Weinberg, H. Barbara, The Lure of Paris, Nineteenth Century American Painters and Their French Teachers, Abbeville Press Publishers, N.Y., 1991, Pgs 63-66. 
Weisberg, Gabriel P., Redefining Genre: French and American Painting, 1850-1900, The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 1995, Pgs. 69-71. Catalogue for the traveling exhibition: Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN., Sept. - Dec. 1995; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL., Jan. - Feb. 1996; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA., Feb. - April 1996; Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C., May - July 1996 
Weisberg, Gabriel P., Collecting in the Gilded Age: Art Patronage in Pittsburgh, 1890-1910, Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA., 1997, Balding + Mansell, Kettering.

 

 

 
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Polishing the Urn
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Oil on canvas
32 7/8 x 26 3/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The News
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34 x 46 3/4 inches
Signed & dated 1886
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Après un dejeuner, bords de la Seine
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39 3/4 x 53 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated '81
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
At Poissy 'Your Health'
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22 x 18 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Au bord de la riviere
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22 x 18 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
By the Riverside
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32 x 25 1/2 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Gathering Roses
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Gossips
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32 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
In the Garden
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22 x 19 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria and Madeleine on the Terrace
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29 x 36 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria on the Terrace with a Bundle of Grass
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33 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria on the Terrace, Rolleboise
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33 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
On the Terrace at Rolleboise
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26 x 32 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Returning Home
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32 x 24 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Flower Girl
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26 x 21 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Grass Cutter
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32 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Pet Dove
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32 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Sewing Circle
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35 x 46 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Waiting for the Ferryman
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26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
A Pensive Moment
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22 3/4 x 30 1/2 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
A Pensive Moment
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46 3/4 x 35 3/4 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Afternoon Sun, Rolleboise
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Watercolor
14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Among the Poppies
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32 1/2 x 26 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
At Rest in the Fields
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7 3/8 x 9 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
At the Water's Edge (Girl with Copper Jug)
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Chrysanthemums
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21 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Confidence
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25 5/8 x 31 5/8 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Dejeuner dans les Champs
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29 x 37 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1884
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Dolce Far Niente
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22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
En Vendanges
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48 x 60 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1905
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Girl Picking Poppies
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22 1/4 x 18 1/4 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Hollyhocks
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36 1/2 x 29 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1888
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
In the Field
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22 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Jeanne sur la terrasse
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22 x 18 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Julia - Corner of the Garden
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32 x 25 1/2 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
La Petite Jardinière
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33 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
La Sieste
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19 3/4 x 24 3/4 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1882
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
La source
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Le Dejeuner
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22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Lecon de Danse
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35 1/2 x 46 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Les Cerisiers
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Les Lavandières
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48 x 59 1/2 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris, and dated 1908
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Madeleine in a Wheat Field
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26 x 21 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria on the Terrace
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32 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches
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Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria, By the Seine
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32 1/4 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Martha, A Days Sport
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22 x 18 1/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Meditation
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22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Partant pour le Travail
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Picking Poppies
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Picking Poppies
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32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Quiétude
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Oil on canvas on board
47 x 36 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1900
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Sur la Terrasse
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Oil on canvas
36 x 46 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Day's Catch
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Oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Fisherman's Daughter
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Gossips
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Lesson
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Potato Gatherer
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Watercolor
14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Signal
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Village Seamstress
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Signed, Inscribed Paris and dated 1916
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Woman Gathering Berries
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Oil on canvas
32 x 25 7/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Cutting Roses
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Oil on canvas
45 3/4 x 35 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Gathering Flowers
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Going to the Wash-House
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed, inscribed Paris and dated 1893
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
On the Path at Dusk, Rolleboise
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Sur la Terrasse (Maria and Madeleine)
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Oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 36 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Distracted Water Carrier
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Watching
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Oil on canvas
22 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris; titled on the reverse
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Fishing
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Oil on canvas
18 3/4 x 22 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Heading to the Fields
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Watercolor
14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Time to Rest
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Oil on canvas
22 1/4 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
A Moment's Pause
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Julia Gathering Roses
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Oil on canvas
22 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Polishing an Urn
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Watercolor
19 x 12 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Study of Woman Sewing
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Watercolor
10 x 14 inches
Signed, inscribed, and dated 1883
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Study of Woman in Field
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Watercolor
10 x 14 inches
Signed, inscribed, and dated 1883
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Water Carrier
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Watercolor
14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
The Woodcutter's Breakfast
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Oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 36 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Maria on the Terrace, Rolleboise
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Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 29 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Madeleine & Maria on the Terrace
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Oil on canvas
25 7/8 x 31 1/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Contemplation, The Day's End
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Clair du lune
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Oil on canvas
22 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Marie in the Roses
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Oil on canvas
32 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Daniel Ridgway Knight
(1839 - 1924)
Resting
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Oil on canvas
22 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris