The Visitors Bedroom, at the house of the artist’s brother-in-law, early 1960’s

SKU: 2211
Watercolour over pencil, 10 1/4 x 7 in. (26 x 18 cm.)

Height – 26cm x Width – 18cm


Meredith and Kitty Monnnington, Evelyn Monningtons brother and sister in law, had a cottage in Suffolk, where Tom and Evelyn frequently went to stay. John Monnington recalls :
I don’t think it was very big and I recollect that whenever Tom and Evelyn went to stay their visit was usually cut short with a disagreeable row with Kitty, who, I imagine, resented any disturbance to her routine. She was unbelievably lazy and always used to preface any utterance with a long sigh!
My reason for telling you this is that I expect Evelyn went upstairs to the visitors bedroom and did this little painting which looked along the corridor at the head of the stairs, so that she could escape from Kitty’s sighs.
No doubt Tom had escaped to the garden for the same reason!
Email to Paul Liss 11.2.07

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Evelyn Monnington
fl 1930 to 1970

Evelyn Janet Hunt [also known as Evelyn Janet Monnington] was born on 12 May 1914 and trained as an artist at the

Royal College of Art in London. 

She subsequently worked as a painter and as a textile designer, including for the

Heals department store in London. 

During World War Two, Hunt was employed as personal assistant to the artist Walter Thomas (Tom) Mornington

[later Sir Walter Thomas Monnington] in the Camouflage Department of the War Ministry. 

In 1942-44 she also

served as a volunteer canal ‘boatman’ for the Department of War Transport. 

In December 1947, following the death of his first wife, the artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947) earlier that year,

she married Monnington. She died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in January 2001.

We are grateful to Chris Mees for assistance.