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Dame Laura Knight

An original artwork by Dame Laura Knight.

Laura Knight (1877-1970),one of the leading women artist of the twentieth century,was a household nameduring her lifetime and the first woman artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire.

Her work is remarkable for its variety

and for its quality.From her early images of life in a Yorkshire fishing village to the brigthness and vigour of her paintings of women and children out of doors in Cornwall and her later paintings recording the starkness of the Nuremberg trials,her work is painted with a directness and flair for human experience.

She is perhaps most famous for her captivating portrayals of the world of London`s theatre and ballet,and of the circus.Fairs and perfomancesengaged her interestin the exotica of costume and scenery,but she was also atracted to the quiet moments backstage, behing the clamour of public enjoyment.

Title:Show Horses

from her circus period.

Medium: Crayon on paper

Signed.

Reference number

373

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