Exhibited: Exhibition of Works Submitted in the Preliminary Competitions for the Rome Scholarship of 1926, together with Some Examples of the Work of Rome Scholars, Royal Academy, March 1926; Inspired by Italy, Exeter Museum and Art Gallery, August – September 1996, (21); Thomas Monnington, The Fine Art Society, 1997, cat no. 15.
Literature: Paul Liss, Thomas Monnington, The Fine Art Society, 1997, pp 27 & 36; Sam Smiles, Inspired by Italy, Exeter Museum and Art Gallery, August – September 1996; British Murals and Decorative Painting 1920-1960, Sansom & Co, 2013
Although the subject of this painting is unclear it is most likely to be the Annunciation exhibited at the Royal Academy in March 1926. A reference by Monnington in December 1924, of his intention to paint, in addition to his Allegory, another smaller picture, some work for which I have already done. may relate to this painting. In another letter, from Jim Ede, the British School at Rome is informed that Mr. Leverton Harris – listed as the owner of the painting when exhibited at the Royal Academy – thought of going to see the picture but it seems that as yet it is hardly begun (23.3.1925).
The painting appears to be set in the Borghese Gardens, the setting Knights used for her Marriage at Cana, (1923-26).
Study of a laurel bush, 1919 is related to and probably a study for this painting.