Louis Aston Knight

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Louis Aston Knight painting in a stream, circa 1900 / unidentified photographer. Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Louis Aston Knight (1873–1948) was a French-born American artist noted for his paintings of landscapes. One of his paintings, The Afterglow, was purchased by U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1922 to hang in the White House.

Aston Knight, the son of Daniel Ridgway Knight and Rebecca Morris Webster Knight, was born in Paris in 1873. He was raised in Europe and received his early training with his father. He later continued his studies with Tony Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre.

Aston Knight exhibited his first work at the Paris Salon in 1894 and continued exhibiting there throughout his lifetime, winning an honorable mention in 1901, a third class gold medal in 1905, and second glass gold medal in 1906. His favorite subjects were the cottages and gardens in the towns surrounding his home in Beaumont-le-Roger. He was noted for his ability to render "the transparency, the reflections and the movements of water." [1]

He married Caroline Ridgeway Brewster at the home of State Senator Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr. in Raritan, New Jersey in 1907.[2] They had two sons, Ridgway Brewster Knight and George William Knight, and a daughter, Diane Knight Todd, whose childhood playhouse was a frequent subject of Knight's paintings. He was promoted to officer of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France, in 1927.[3]

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  1. ^ "L. Aston Knight, 74, landscapist dead". The New York Times. May 9, 1948. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Miss Brewster Weds.; She Is Married at Raritan to Louis Aston Knight.". The New York Times. October 16, 1907. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  3. ^ "France honors Americans; Several Are Promoted in New Legion of Honor List.". The New York Times. January 13, 1927. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  (Registration and payment required)

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