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Laura Knight

(1877-1970), Artist; wife of Harold Knight

Dame Laura Knight

Sitter in 33 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Knight studied at Nottingham School of Art in 1900, and there met Harold Knight. After marrying in 1903, they joined an artists' colony at Staithes, Yorkshire, before moving in 1908 to Newlyn, Cornwall. In 1929 she was created Dame of the British Empire, and in 1936 became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. Her subjects included Gypsies, dancers and circus performers. During the war, her popularity and distinguished career made her an obvious choice for the War Artists Advisory Committee, who tasked British artists with recording the war. In 1945 she asked to record the trial of Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg. Her 1965 retrospective at the RA was the first accorded to a woman.

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Laura Knight, by Press Association Photos - NPG x36249

Laura Knight

by Press Association Photos
bromide print, 1927
NPG x36249

Laura Knight; Harriet Cohen, by The Times - NPG x137499

Laura Knight; Harriet Cohen

by The Times
vintage press print, 22 May 1929
NPG x137499

Laura Knight, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x168788

Laura Knight

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1930
NPG x168788

Laura Knight, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x134148

Laura Knight

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 28 April 1933
NPG x134148

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19409

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19409

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19410

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19410

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19411

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19411

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19412

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19412

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19413

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19413

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19414

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 20 February 1936
NPG x19414

Laura Knight, by Unknown photographer - NPG x134172

Laura Knight

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1936
NPG x134172

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85440

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 20 February 1936
NPG x85440

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85441

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 20 February 1936
NPG x85441

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85442

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 20 February 1936
NPG x85442

Laura Knight; Dod Procter, by Edward George W. Malindine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x74795

Laura Knight; Dod Procter

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 30 April 1937
NPG x74795

Laura Knight; Harold Knight, by Associated Press - NPG x136619

Laura Knight; Harold Knight

by Associated Press
bromide print, 10 March 1937
NPG x136619

Laura Knight, by Wide World Photos - NPG x137008

Laura Knight

by Wide World Photos
vintage press print, 27 January 1946
NPG x137008

Laura Knight, by Nicolo Vogel - NPG x19167

Laura Knight

by Nicolo Vogel
bromide print
NPG x19167

Laura Knight, by Nicolo Vogel - NPG x19168

Laura Knight

by Nicolo Vogel
bromide print
NPG x19168

Laura Knight, by Jitendra Arya, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x194010

Laura Knight

by Jitendra Arya, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x194010

Laura Knight, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137366

Laura Knight

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 14 October 1963
NPG x137366

Laura Knight, by Walter Bird - NPG x168789

Laura Knight

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 16 October 1964
NPG x168789

Laura Knight, by Walter Bird - NPG x183900

Laura Knight

by Walter Bird
vintage print, 1964
NPG x183900

Laura Knight, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26356

Laura Knight

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1967
NPG x26356

Laura Knight, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26358

Laura Knight

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1967
NPG x26358

Laura Knight, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26357

Laura Knight

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1967
NPG x26357

Laura Knight, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13730

Laura Knight

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x13730

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Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper ('Self Portrait')

by Laura Knight
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4839

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Laura Knight

by Walter Bird
vintage print, 1964
NPG x183963

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