The house was "situated near the top of a high bluff overlooking the village and a bend of the Seine. The view was startlingly beautiful, stretching over cascading rooftops, the river, and miles and miles of fields, meadows, and lines of trees all the way to the horizon" (R. B. Knight, Ridgway Knight: A Master of the Pastoral Genre, exh. cat., Cornell University, 1989, p. 4). Also on his property was a glass structure, likely built as a greenhouse, in which the artist could stage his models in a certain light with the backdrop of the countryside but be protected from the elements (fig. 1). This allowed Ridgway Knight to create such beautifully observed portraits of figures in landscapes, such as Daydreaming.
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