Watercolour and bodycolour, signed
22 x 31 in.
The sketch for this painting is in the collection of the Royal Academy
Exhibited: Royal Academy, Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Dame Laura Knight DBE, RA, 1950, no. 100
Red chalk, inscribed on headed stationary.
10½ x 8 in. .
The inscription ‘the Gouldings’ relates to the artists publishers.
Laura Knight was without question, one of the leading British female artists of the twentieth century. She studied Art at Nottingham School of Art and in 1898 set up a studio in the Northern Fishing village of Staithes. I t was here that she developed her skills as an artist and she and her future husband , Harold Knight became the leading members of the Staithes Group of Artists.Following a period of painting in Holland and the resulting successful London Exhibitions, the Knights moved to Newlyn and came under the influence of the leading light of the Newlyn Colony, Stanhope Forbes. Laura was entranced by the Conish landscape and light, and it was here that she produced some of her best work.In 1918, following the end of the First World War, the Knights moved to St. John’s Wood in London, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Some time after this Laura became fascinated by the circus and turned her considerable talents to depicting all aspects of circus life. Later she also worked at Olympia, painting the circus acts that were performing there from the Bertram Mills Circus Laura was the official war artist for the Nurenberg war trials and was created a Dame of the British Empire for her services to the Arts. She was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1927, the first woman member since the election of Angelica Kaufman.