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Laura Knight

19 of 34 portraits of Laura Knight

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Laura Knight

by Wide World Photos
vintage press print, 27 January 1946
8 1/4 in. x 6 5/8 in. (210 mm x 169 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2012
Photographs Collection
NPG x137008

Sitterback to top

  • Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), Artist. Sitter in 34 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Wide World Photos (active 1930s), Photographers. Artist associated with 19 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This press print shows Knight inspecting some of her sketches of the Nuremberg trial. She wore a blanket wrapped around her waist due to the severity of the cold in the rooms above the court room.

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  • Broadley, Rosie, Laura Knight Portraits, 2013 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from National Portrait Gallery, 11 July - 13 October 2013; The Laing, Newcastle, 2 November 2013 - 16 February 2014; Plymouth Art Gallery, 2 November - 1 March - 10 May 2014.), p. 86

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  • Place made and portrayed: Germany (Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany)

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Events of 1946back to top

Current affairs

The new Labour government begins to act upon the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942) by nationalising The Bank of England and Imperial Communications, bringing in a National Insurance Bill, and setting plans for the National Health Service. Nationalisation of industry and the provision of free healthcare and welfare were the main aims of post-war domestic politics.

Art and science

Mervyn Peake publishes Titus Groan; the first of his Gormenghast Trilogy. The three novels are regarded as classics of the fantasy genre, although they contain no magic or intelligent non-human characters, so might more appropriately be described as belonging to the 'gothic' or 'fantastic' genre.

International

Nazi officials are tried for their part in the War and the Holocaust at Nuremberg. The trials were to prosecute war criminals and the location was chosen because it was the site of the annual Nazi rallies, and therefore seen as a fitting place for the demise of the party. The Nuremberg Trials paved the way for post-war developments in international criminal law.

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