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Louis Aston Knight (1873 - 1948)

Louis Aston Knight was the son of the American expatriate painter, Daniel Ridgway Knight.  Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in America and began studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art.  In 1872, he traveled to Paris and continued to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Thereafter, he remained in Europe, and studied in the academic studios of the Romantic Salon painters, Jules Ernst Meissonier and Charles Gleyre and the Impressionists, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Although Ridgway Knight, spent most of his life in Europe, his American style and technique show through.  This typically American approach towards painting was to influence Louis Aston Knight as well.

In 1873, Louis Aston Knight was born in Paris.  Unlike his father, Aston Knight was raised and educated in Europe.  Knight attended the Chigwell School in England for his Liberal Arts Education and began his artistic training, under the guidance of his father.  Later he studied formally with the great French Romantic painters, Robert?Fleury and Jules Lefebvre.

In 1894 Aston Knight debuted at the Paris Salon, starting a highly acclaimed career.  Among his many awards, he won a Bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1901, a gold medal in Lyon in 1903, a gold medal in Geneva and in Nantes in 1904 and Gold medals at the Paris Salon in both 1905 and 1906, earning him the title Hors concours as the first American to win two gold medals at the Salon in two consecutive years.  Knight, was also made a knight of the Legion of Honor in 1924 becoming an officer in 1928 and eventually a commander in 1934.

Louis Aston Knight is most famous for his French landscapes.  You will not find figures in his work, due to an agreement, which he made with his father, in order to keep their work from looking too similar.  This was however unnecessary, because their work is very different.  Ridgway Knight painted tightly, while Aston Knight's work shows a much stronger influence of the Impressionists with whom he was friendly.

Aston looked up to Claude Monet, and visited him from time to time at his home in Giverny.  He was particularly impressed with Monet's gardens, and strove to cultivate a garden as beautiful as the master's.  Knight also awarded prizes each year to the neighboring peasants who kept the nicest gardens.  This ensured him of good models for his cottage landscape paintings.

Gradually Aston Knight became well known in the New York art scene and began to do some of his work in the states.  In 1911, Knoedler and Co., held an exhibition of his landscapes of the U.S.A. and France.  His exhibition at the Levy Gallery in New York, in 1931 attracted much attention.  In fact, "Art News" critiqued the show (26 December issue) and described his fame and plein?air approach:

A group of new landscapes by Aston Knight, the popular painter of the  Normandy Riverscape, is the Holiday attraction at the Levy Gallery. Mr. Knight sticks closely to his well established formula, doubtless due to the tremendous acclaim acquired in his earlier years when Hopkinson Smith publicized him as the "painter in the high rubber boots" for Mr. Knight was not content with studying the action of the Normandy streams from the comfortable banks.... used to do on a pair of waist?high rubber boots and setting up his easel in mid?stream, paint the purling waters at first hand.

Aston Knight was a favorite of American presidents in his day. In 1922, President Harding purchased a Louis Aston Knight, to hang in the White House, and President Coolidge held a private exhibition of Knight's work during his presidency.

Many of his works have had international acclaim and are housed in the art collections of the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University; Strong Museum, Rochester, New York; and the Hudson River Museum of Westchester.


Exhibitions:     

Knoedler & Co., N.Y., Dec 26, 1911 – Jan 6, 1912
Detroit Museum of Art, March 18 – 30, 1914
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, May 1918
J.  Levy Galleries, N.Y., Nov. 25 – Dec. 7, 1935

 
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage by the River
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Summer's Day, La Riviere
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Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed La Riviere
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Along the River, Beaumont
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Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Beaumont
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage
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Oil on panel
18 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage by the River, Launay
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Oil on canvas
18 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A River Landscape - Fall
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Oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Les Vieux Lavoirs, Normandie
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Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Garden, Normandy
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Oil on canvas on board
32 1/4 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Bend in the River
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Cote de Riviere
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Normandy Garden
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Oil on panel
10 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A River in Normandy
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Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Along the River
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Along the Seine
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Apple Blossoms
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage by the River
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage by the River
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Oil on canvas
21 x 28 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage Garden at Martigny
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage
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Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 21 5/8 inches
Signed and inscribed Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage, Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
26 x 60 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Fleur au bord de la Riviere
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Flowers in Bloom
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
La Varenne at Martigny
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Oil on board
11 x 14 inches
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
La Vieux Lavoir, Normandy
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Oil on canvas
18 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Maisonette a Cote de Riviere
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Market Place, Rouen
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Rouen
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Old Mill in Normandy
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Pink Phlox, Normandie
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Pont del Angelo, Venice
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Rio St. Aponal, Venice
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Riverside Farm – South Kortright, N.Y.
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Afternoon, Normandy
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Oil on canvas
35 x 46 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Garden
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Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Morning
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer, Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Sunlight & Shadow
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Oil on canvas
26 x 60 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Little Mill Near Bec Heloin
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Oil on board
11 x 14 inches
Signed and inscribed Bec Heloin
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Long Cottage
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Old Harbor, Dordricht, Holland
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Risle Valley, Normandy
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Walker Cake, Putney
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Oil on board
10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Putney
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Winding River
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Oil on canvas
35 x 45 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Canal in Venice
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Cottage at Goupillieres (Normandy)
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Oil on canvas
18 x 22 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Beaumontel
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Oil on canvas
26 x 60 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris; also titled on the stretcher
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Chaumiere, a bord de l'eau
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Oil on board
10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris; also titled on the reverse
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage at Launay
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Oil on canvas
18 x 21 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage by the River
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Oil on panel
13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottages Along the River
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Oil on canvas
32 x 25 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage
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Oil on panel
10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage at Sunset
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Oil on canvas
21 7/8 x 18 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage in June
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Garden & Meadow, Normandy, Risle Valley
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Goupilliere, France
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Oil on board
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Goupilliere
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
La Risle a Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Le Soir, Dordrecht
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Oil on canvas
11 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Les Bords de la Risle
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Oil on canvas
21 x 27 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Look What I Caught
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Watercolor
16 7/8 x 24 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Market Place, Rouen
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Rouen
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
My Mill
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Oil on canvas
18 x 21 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Quiet Corner, a Cottage Near Dieppe
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Blossoms, St. Gertrude
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed St. Gertrude
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Evening
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Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Evening, Beaumont
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Beaumont
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Flowers
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Oil on panel
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Summer Garden, Normandy
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Sur le Soir
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Oil on canvas
32 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Charentonne at Serquigny
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Durdent Valley, Normandy
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the stretcher
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The End of the Village
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Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Along the River, Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Brittany Evening
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Oil on canvas on board
39 x 31 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Honfleur, France
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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Honfleur
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Risle Valley
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Blue Cottage
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Risle at Le Riviere Thibouville
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
The Mill Stream
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 26 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage at Beaumont-le-Roger
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Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Cottage Along the River
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
La Vieille Grange
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Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 31 3/4 inches
Signed; also titled on the stretcher