Winifred Knights spent the summer months of 1921 at Anticoli Corrado, an
established artists' colony situated 25 miles northeast of Rome. This
study of the bedroom that Knights rented there was intended as the
setting for a larger composition, Jairus' Daughter. Inspiration came
from Fra Angelico's predella panel, The Healing of Justinian by St
Cosmas and St Damian (1438-40), which Knights had just seen at the
Monastery of San Marco, Florence.