Laura Knight, Gypsies

Laura’s friends from the circus, Ally and Joe Bert, introduced her to the spectacle of a race meeting, both from the perspective of the spectators in the stands and the gaily attired gypsy fortune-tellers. After Joe’s death Knight continued to accompany his widow Ally to the races and on one occasion Mrs Bert introduced her to Mr Sully, who owned a Rolls Royce that had driven Joe’s coffin to his funeral. The car was also used to take bridal parties to church at weekends but as it was available during the week, Knight suggested that Sully should drive her and Ally to the races every day during the racing season or to the gypsy camp at Iver to paint the wrinkled visage of Granny Smith or the beautiful raven-haired Beulah. On race days the spacious vehicle was parked on the slopes of the race-track and its elevated position and commodious interior allowed Knight to work on canvases as large as A Dull Day at Epsom, protected from inclement weather or glaring sunshine.

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This picture, painted from the open door of Sully’s Rolls Royce circa 1940, captures the excitement of race-day, with one spectator standing on the roof of her car to watch the horses as they gallop past and another scrambling up the back of his vehicle with binoculars clasped to his eyes. The grandstand and its crowd dominates the background but the empty foreground behind the line of cars parked behind the press-tent, demonstrates Knight’s ability to place herself in a more backstage setting, just as she did when she painted ballerinas and circus performers in their dressing-rooms or behind the curtain of an auditorium. These pictures convey the more intimate scenes that Knight was able to witness, as an accepted part of the peripheral life of the racing community and not simply an observer viewing from a physical and social distance.

While at Newlyn, Alfred Munnings often went to country horse fairs and sometimes went off with the gypsies he met. Because of his love of horses, Munnings was also a regular at the race meetings at Ascot and Epsom. He suggested to Laura that these would be good places to go to find subject matter. Laura liked horses and and had painted many during her circus days, but she found that is was the people in the race day crowds which interested her most, especial the gypsies who moved among them, telling fortunes and selling trinkets.

Top left: Laura Knight, Ascot Finery, 1936-38, oil on canvas, Art Gallery, Dundee, UK
Top right: Laura Knight, Epsom Downs, 1938 & Laura Knight, Gypsies at Ascot, 1933, oil on canvas, Museum & Art Gallery, Hereford, UK
Bottom left: Laura Knight, Gypsies on Epsom Downs, oil on canvas, Dumfries, UK
Bottom right: Laura Knight, Romany Belles, 1938, oil on canvas, Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

The press took delight in her eccentricity and made her headline news.

Responding to the circumstances, Laura was employing a more sketchy technique than is evident in many of the Circus paintings. The Gypsy paintings are as fresh and bright today as the finery worn by her subjects on those auspicious race days. They were willing to stand and pose for their portraits, that is, if she crossed their palms with silver!

Laura visited the gypsy camps on many occasions and painted people in their own home. Her subjects were often suspicious of her but her friendliness and honesty usually won them over. These were painted at Iver, in Buckinghamshire, a few miles away from Ascot.

Left: Laura Knight, Gypsies at Home, oil on canvas, 76 x 97 cm, Private Collection
Right: Laura Knight, Gypsy Waggon & Tent, date?, oil on canvas, Private Collection & Laura Knight, The Little Beggar, 1947, oil on canvas

Perhaps the most poignant and important paintings of this time are her gypsy portraits, which form a unique record of the people she met in the camps.

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Laura Knight, Hop-Picking Granny Knowles, an Old Hand, 1940

The family she came to know best were the Smiths, With Granny (Lilo) one of her nine sons, Gilderoy, and his daughter in law, Freedom, whom Laura chose to call Beulah

Left: Laura Knight, Old Gypsy Woman, 1938, oil on canvas, Private Collection
Right: Laura Knight, Fine Feathers or Gypsy Splendour, 1939, oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm, Castle Museum & Art Centre, Nottingham, UK

On the right, Granny Smith is dressed ready to go to Ascot. Laura lent her the hat.

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Laura Knight, The Gypsy, c1937, oil on canvas, 61 x 41 cm, Tate Gallery, London, UK.

This is Gilderoy.  Laura wrote on 15 November 1957: “He, a gentleman called Mr Smith, one wet day, at Iver, Bucks, in the camp there near the railway, posed for me in a little lean-to tent – just a corner in shelter, crowded by a big double bed where an old gipsy and his wife slept. I painted it in 3 or 4 hours. … I haven’t anything more to say about that Mr Smith except that he figures in several other pictures I painted at Iver – one in particular, his whole family which is somewhere in Scotland – wife, three children and his mother, a beautiful old Romany, queen of the camp.”

Left: Laura Knight, Beulah on top of the Hills, 1959, oil on canvas, 119 x 66 cm
Right: Laura Knight, Beulah, the Gypsy Girl, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cm, Private Collection

“Beulah’s wagon, shared with her husband, was a picture of shiny ornamental looking-glass, inlet panelling, white bed linen and polished brass and copper – all spotlessly clean. Many wet days I spent inside at work, crouched in a corner close against a lot of hanging garments. I never tired of painting Beulah, typical of her race in her aloofness and resignation to whatever happened: as an animal does not look ahead but takes whatever comes. Her body and limbs were primitive in column of muscle and bone, in movement and relaxation. To say she was beautiful is not enough: apart from perfection of mould, she bore the mark of tragedy as well. Hard would be the clench of those white teeth; and right to the bone they would bite. Although I painted her so much, I never heard her history.” (The Magic of Line, The Autobiography of Laura Knight D.B.E., R.A., 1965, p. 253)

And lastly, three portraits of Freedom Smith:

Laura Knight, Beulah, oil on canvas, 62 x 39 cm, Private Collection
Laura Knight, Beulah No2, oil on canvas, 60 x 38 cm, Private Collection
Laura Knight, Beulah No3, oil on canvas, 61 x 39 cm, Private Collection

BT, Meeting No27, 16 October, 2018

Laura Knight, The Circus

Laura received a letter from Major Evelyn Atherley, who had read of her studies of the circus in the papers. He asked her to paint a picture for her. His first request was for a portrait of the clown, Whimsical Walker, standing astride, with his dog, Blinkers standing in front of him. He then asked for another clown, Joe Craston, to be included, and then for something else, and the for something else. The requests multiplied, and Laura agreed to them all, and accepted the commission.

Harold thought she was mad.

This is the result.

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Laura Knight, Charivari, also known as The Grand Parade, 1929, oil on canvas, 99 x 125, cm, Museum & Art Gallery, Newport, UK

She and the major became lifelong friends and he died shortly before the publication of her first autobiography.

The circus was a popular national entertainment in the 1920s, and Laura visited both Fossett’s Circus at the Islington Agricultural Hall and Bertram Mills’ Circus based at Olympia. Mills invigorated the British circus tradition by presenting a polished, glamorous show with international performers that attracted a celebrity audience, including Sir Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw. For Laura, the physically audacious performers in spectacular costumes were irresistible subjects.

When her painting Charivari, a depiction of multiple performers at Mills’ Circus, was exhibited at the Royal Academy it was criticised and lampooned in the press. Undeterred, Laura joined Mills and his company when they embarked on a national tour in partnership with Great Carmo’s circus. She shared temporary lodgings with the clowns and acrobats, drawing and painting the performers at work and rest over an intense four month period. The more reflective portraits made at this time show a deep understanding of the life and experiences of the travelling performer.
In “Oil Paint & Grease Paint”, she says “I was as much a part of the circus as anyone in the show, used to putting up with anything, living solely in its atmosphere.”

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Laura Knight, Major Atherley, 1932, pastel & watercolour, 46 x 52 cm, Private Collection

She painted the major’s portrait. She invented the pictures behind him, so that he could have more for his money. Top right is the lion tamer Togare, preparing to wrestle with Paris, and on the left is Blinkers, the major’s dog.

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Laura Knight, Circus Matinee, c1938, oil on canvas, 84 x 114 cm, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth, UK

A scene at Bertram Mills’ Circus. The clown is Joe Bert; he and his wife Ally were friends of Laura. The acrobat is Herbert Hanson. The horse in the centre is the Knapstroper horse Hassan, and on the right Sulliman.

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Laura Knight, The Rosinbacks, oil on canvas, 78 x  64 cm, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

The Rosinback is distinguished by a broad back on to which resin is sprinkled, to give the performer a firm foothold.

Left, Laura Knight, Haifa and Hassan, 1930, oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm, Private Collection
and right, Laura Knight, Elsie on Hassan, 1929-30, oil on canvas, 69 x 76 cm, City Museum, Nottingham, UK

Laura painted Fred Carmo’s troupe of beautiful spotted acrobat’s horses several times at Bertram Mills’ Circus, on this occasion in 1930. The breed was called ‘Knapstroper’, peculiar to Eastern Germany and Russia.

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Laura Knight, A Musical Clown, 1930, oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK

Left, Laura Knight, Three Clowns, c1930, oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm, City Museum, Leicester, UK, and right, a sketch of Joe Craston.

As we have already seen, Laura was fascinated by the ballet, and the excitement of the circus was another passion. She had a gift for entering the lives of the performers and was friends with many of them. Her introduction behind the scenes was via her friend, Alfred Munnings, who asked the circus owner, Bertram Mills, if she could paint and sketch, much as she had done in the ballet.
After the death of Whimsical Walker, of whom more below, Joe Craston became the principal clown in Bertram Mills Circus.

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Laura Knight, Joe Craston & Buffer, scene from a circus , 1929, charcoal, pencil & watercolour, 36 x 26 cm, Private Collection

Buffer is the generic term for a clown’s dog. A performing dog is a Slanging buffer.
Joe is shown here in the guise of a Joey, the white faced sad clown, named in honour of the great Grimaldi, who died in 1837. He is known for the expansion of the rôle of Clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes.

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Laura Knight, Whimsical Walker, coloured crayon and gouache over traces of pencil, 37 x 27 cm, Private Collection

Whimsical Walker from Charivari

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The Whimsical Walker (1851-1934), who wore this costume in the 1920s, worked as a clown in both circus and pantomime. Born Thomas Walker, he first appeared in 1865 and subsequently worked in England and America. In 1886, he appeared by royal command before Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. The donkey misbehaved and the Queen was not amused.
Walker’s act was popular with generations of children. In 1928 Dame Laura Knight recorded his appearance in her oil painting, The Whimsical Walker and His Buffer, which shows him in this costume with his circus dog or ‘buffer’. The artist and performer met and made friends in the 1920s when Walker was working at Olympia for Bertram Mills’ and Carmo’s circuses. Walker’s props were those of the traditional clown: a string of sausages, a goose, and a red-hot poker.

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The Whimsical Walker’s costume, displayed in the London Museum

Laura cared for his widow, and took his costume and wig, which was hired from Clarkson’s and which she bought for 2/6d, to the London museum. Note the string of sausages, one of Whimsical Walker’s trademark acts.

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Laura Knight, Goliath, c1930, crayon and pencil, 25 x 35 cm, Private Collection

This is the dwarf Goliath from Charivari. His best trick was to place his hat on the ground, bend over, put his head in the hat, and stand up again.
Boom! Boom!

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Left,  Laura Knight, Two Clowns, c1929, watercolour & charcoal, 50 x 34 cm, Private Collection, and right, Laura Knight, Clown’s Refreshment, c1929, watercolour & charcoal, 36 x 27 cm, Private Collection

As with the ballet, Laura was interested in what went on behind the scenes. The couple on the right are probably Joe Craston and his wife, with whom Laura established a close friendship.

Left, Laura Knight, Circus People, oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm, Private Collection, and right, Laura Knight, The Finishing Horse, 1951, oil on canvas, 74 x 69 cm, Private Collection

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Laura Knight, The Last Act, 1929, oil on canvas, 140 x 107 cm, Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee, UK

Put them all together again:
Togare, the lion tamer with Paris; the pig who spelled his name, “Happy”; Joe Craston on the left; and Major Atherley, with his dog and an unknown woman.

BT, Meeting No26, 20 October, 2018

 

Laura Knight, “Darkies in Baltimore”

The title is that of a chapter heading in her autobiography, “Oil Paint & Grease Paint”, published in 1936.

In 1923 the Knights holidayed in the Tyrol. Laura destroyed all of her work from the holiday, as she she was not satisfied with it.

In Florence, on the way back to England, they met the eminent American cardiologist Le Roy Crummer and his wife and struck up a friendship with them.

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Laura Knight, Portrait of Le Roy Crummer, 1925, charcoal,, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Le Roy Crummer, 1872 – 1934.
During World War 1, he was a captain in the Medical Corps stationed at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, where he taught cardiology to medical officers. In 1919, he was named Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska, a position that he held until 1925. As his health began to deteriorate from heart disease, he moved to Los Angeles, where he led the quiet life of a scholar and collector of rare books illustrating the early history of medicine. In the decade between 1920 and 1930, he and his wife Myrtle assiduously travelled to Europe in search of books and manuscripts.
It was on one of these trips that he met the Knights.

On his return to America, Crummer talked to colleagues about Harold’s work. As a result, Harold was invited to the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, to paint a series of portraits of the doctors in the hospital.
Off he went. Harold and Laura often parted for periods to paint in their own way.
Later, we shall see that Laura did the same when she followed the circus.

Three portraits painted by Harold during his stay in Baltimore:

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Harold Knight, John Miller Turpin Finney, 1926, oil on canvas, 36 x 29 cm, John Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA

John Finney, 1863-1942, was a surgeon at John Hopkins. During World War I, he was sent to France as the commander of Base Hospital 18, the Johns Hopkins Hospital unit. Shortly after arriving, he was named the chief surgical consultant to the American Expeditionary Force. After his tour in France, Finney was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States, the Commandeur de l’ Ordre de la Couronne from Belgium, and the Officier de la Legion d’Honneur from France.

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Harold Knight, Elsie Mildred Lawler, 1927, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, John Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA

Born in Whitby, Ontario, she attended the University of Toronto, before entering The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1896. In 1910, she became superintendent of nurses and of the school of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a position she held for more than thirty years. Her tenure at Johns Hopkins was characterised by steady advances in the standards of nursing education. She adapted the nursing curriculum to accommodate the hospital’s expansion, which more than tripled in size, adding new clinics and institutes for specialised branches of medicine.

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Harold Knight, William Stevenson Baer, 1927, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, John Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA

William Baer, 1872-1931, was the founding director of orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins.
During World War I, Baer first served with the Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18 and later as the orthopaedic consultant to General Pershing. While treating injured soldiers in France, Baer noted that wounds infested by maggots on the battlefield healed most rapidly. Recognising the importance of maggots in the debridement of wounds, he became a longtime proponent of their use in his surgical practice.
Baer had two passions: children and animals. He would keep wealthy patients waiting in his private consulting rooms, while he went out to tend to an injured dog.

Harold became more and more in demand, and one commission led to another. He was able to ask Laura to join him, and Baltimore they were the guests of Baer and his wife. He made an enormous impression on Laura, who admired him greatly.

Harold’s commissions took up a good deal of his time, and so, through Baer, Laura gained access to the segregated children’s and maternity wards at the hospital. She preferred sleeping babies, because they didn’t move!

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Laura Knight, The Darky Baby, c1927

Laura Knight, Juanita, 1927

At first, the women in the maternity wards were suspicious of Laura, thinking that she wanted to caricaturize them, but were won over by her friendliness. She loved children.

Left, Laura Knight, Portrait of a Young Woman, c1927, and right, Laura Knight, Chloë, c1927

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Laura Knight, The Piccaninny, 1927

In the hospital, Laura met Pearl Johnson, a nurse: they became friends. Pearl and her sister Ireen took Laura to concerts and lectures to observe what was an early phase of the Civil Rights movement.

Laura was surprised that she could not go out and discover a thriving African culture in the streets and the markets, not understanding that the people were several generations away from their roots. Pearl brought her models to pose for her.

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Laura Knight, Madonna of the Cotton Fields or Mighty Like a Rose, c1927

A collection of paintings by other artists:

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Annibale Carracci, attrib, Portrait of an African Slave Woman, ca. 1580s, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

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Augustus John, A West Indian Girl, c1940, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

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Paolo Veronese, School of, Portrait of a Moorish Woman, c1550s, oil on canvas on panel 38 x 25 cm

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Rembrandt van Rejn, Two Young Africans

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Abraham Janssens, Attrib; The Sibyl Agrippina, c1600, oil on canvas, 80 x 107 cm, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Jean-Etienne Liotard, Portrait d’une jeune femme, late 19th Cent, pastel, 41 x 32 cm, Art Museum, St Louis, MO, USA

And finally:

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Emma Soyer, Two Negro Children with a Book, 1831, Private Collection

The portrait was featured in the BBC TV programme “Fake of Fortune?”, on 2 September, 2018.

BT, Meeting No25, 18 September, 2018

 

Munnings, Horseless… or nearly

The talk at the last meeting, on Laura Knight in Lamorna, introduced Alfred Munnings as a selfish, flamboyant incomer to the Group. His disastrous marriage to Florence Carter-Wood and her subsequent suicide did not help to enhance his reputation. Also touched upon in the talk was the possible relationship between Florence and Gilbert Evans, who left the group to join the army.

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Laura Knight, Sketch of Gilbert Evans

At Lamorna, Alfred displayed his love of horses, riding with the hunt whenever possible, and painting them all his life.

But he was more than this. The son of a Suffolk shepherd, he was an admirer of Constable. From humble beginnings he rose to be President of the Royal Academy and received a knighthood. He married twice, once to Florence Carter-Wood, and secondly in 1920, to Violet McBride, also a horse lover, with whom he lived for the rest of his life.

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G W Lambert, Alfred Munnings

This talk presents, for the most part, his work which did not include horses

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Alfred Munnings, Pike Fishing in January, 1898, oil on canvas, 31 x 38 cm, Private Collection

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Alfred Munnings, The White Canoe, 1898, oil on canvas, 43 x 91 cm, Private Collection

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Alfred Munnings, Study for ‘The Haunted House’, oil on board, 36 x 45 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK

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Alfred Munnings, Idle Moments or The Boathouse, 1906, oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm, Private Collection

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Alfred Munnings, Lamorna Cove, Cornwall, 1912-13, oil on canvas, 52 x 62 cm, Private Collection

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Alfred Munnings, Lamorna Cove, Cornwall, date?, oil on canvas, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK

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Alfred Munnings, Hop-Picking, 92 x 102 cm, oil on canvas, Art Museum, Sheffield, UK

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Alfred Munnings, The Arbour, 1908, oil on canvas, 66 x 54 cm

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Alfred Munnings, Violet, my wife, in the garden

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Alfred Munnings, My Horse Is My Friend: The Artist’s Wife and Isaac, 1922, oil on canvas, Castle House Museum, Dedham, Essex, UK

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Alfred Munnings, September Afternoon, 1939, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK

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Alfred Munnings, After the Party, 1897, oil on canvas, 76 x 56 cm, The Munnings Art Museum Colchester, UK

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Alfred Munnings, Tagg’s Island, 1920, oil on canvas, 89 x 127 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK

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Alfred Munnings, Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron, 1918, oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada

Nearly three-quarters of the Canadian cavalry involved in this attack against German machine-gun positions at Moreuil Wood on 30 March 1918 were killed or wounded. This included Lieutenant G.M. Flowerdew, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for leading the charge. Unable to break the trench deadlock and of little use at the front, cavalry remained behind the lines for much of the war. During the German offensives of March and April 1918, however, the cavalry played an essential role in the open warfare that temporarily confronted the retreating British forces.

EH, Meeting No24, 4 September, 2018

A couple of comments

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Laura Knight, Hop Pickers, Malvern, oil on canvas

Laura also painted hop pickers. The painting depicts gypsies, of whom she painted many examples

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Ernest Meissonnier, Friedland, 1807, c 1861-75, oil on canvas, 136 x 243 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

See the painting of Flowerdew’s charge, above

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Laura Knight, The Ballet

The Ballets Russes, under the direction of Diaghilev, first performed in London in 1911, and Valentine Gross-Hugo painted several scenes from their productions.

These two appeared in the earlier talk on the exhibition “Belles de Jour“:

Left: Valentine Gross-Hugo, Karsavina dans le “Spectre de la rose », 1912, wax on wood, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
and right:
Valentine Gross-Hugo, Karsavina et Nijinsky dans le “Spectre de la rose”, 1912, wax on wood, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

The paintings are in wax on wood, a supple technique, enabling the artist to represent the gentle, light movements of the dancers.

At a later date, Laura also painted Karsavina:

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Laura Knight, Karsavina in ”The Firebird”, date?, oil on canvas, Private Collection

When they returned to London from Cornwall after the war, Harold and Laura became passionately fond of the ballet and went to performances almost every night.

When the Ballets Russes performed in London, it was often in set pieces at a variety theatre such as the Colisseum, alongside such acts as the male impersonator, Vesta Tilley or the comedian, Harry Tate.

Initially, Laura had to sketch from the stalls.

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Laura Knight Carnival, 1916, oil on canvas, 76 x 102 cm, Private Collection

This was painted during an earlier visit to London.
Laura destroyed most of her early ballet paintings, and this is a rare example.
Centre stage are Tchernicheva & Idjikawski, while Enrico Cecchetti, the great dancer and dancing teacher of the era is probably at the left. By the time the Knights met him he was getting old, having been born in 1850, and appeared largely in mime parts. He and is wife became friends of the Knights, and visited them often in Soho, where Giuseppina cooked for them.

The painting was earlier shown in the earlier talk on Laura Knight in Newlyn.

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Laura Knight, Carnival, 1920, oil on canvas, 102 x 132 cm, City Galleries, Manchester, UK

The breakthrough in Laura’s paintings of the ballet came when her frame maker, Mr Steer, who seemed to know everybody, obtained permission from Diaghilev himself for her to paint and sketch back stage.

This shows the Ballet Russes before the rise of the curtain for a performance of Carnival at Drury Lane in 1920, showing from left to right Diaghilev in top hat; Massine, red coat; Karsavina tying her shoe; Idzikowski, as Harlequin; Sokolova, pointing foot, as Papillon; Woizikowski, in striped tights as Floreston; Cecchetti, in buff coat and green gloves as Pantaloon; Tchernicheva, in blue skirt, as Chiarina

There was a suggestion at the time that the work was similar to Manet’ painting, Le Ballet espagnol of 1862, in which he depicted the Spanish company who were dancing at that time at the Hippodrome in Paris. Among them are Lola de Valence, seated, and, standing, the famous dancer Mariano Camprubi.

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Edouard Manet, Le Ballet espagnol, 1862, oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, Philips Collection, Washington, DC, USA

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Laura Knight, Behind the scenes in the coulisses, 1920, oil on canvas, 64 x 56 cm, Art Gallery, Falmouth, UK

Laura lent the dresser her ubiquitous red jacket, to add a touch of colour to the painting

Shown at the earlier talk on Falmouth Art Gallery

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Laura Knight, Portrait of the Ballerina, Lydia Lopokova, date?, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Lydia Lopokova was the first individual dancer to sit for Laura. Althogh very formal in the beginning, she warmed to Laura’s personality, and became friendly. She confided that, although a principal dancer, she was too small and the wrong shape for the principal rôles. She married the economist Maynard Keynes instead. He was homosexual and a member of the Bloomsbury Group, but in spite of all that, the marriage was a happy one. Keynes’ lover Duncan Grant was best man at the wedding.

Harold also painted her.

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Harold Knight, Lydia Lopokova, date?, oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm, Private Collection

Left:  Laura Knight, Dressing Room No3, 1924, 64 x 76 cm, Atkinson Art Museum, Stockport, UK
and right: Laura Knight, Ballerinas at the Makeup Table, 1957, oil on canvas, 91 x 61 cm, Private collection

The two works were painted more than thirty years apart, showing Laura’ enduring passion for the stage.

One day Laura more or less accidentally found her way into the dressing rooms and became fascinated. After a while Lopokova was put out and sent a message reminding her that she should be painting on stage.

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Laura Knight, The Ballet Girl and the Dressmaker, 1930, oil on canvas, 96 x 122 cm, Private Collection

The model was a dancer named Barbara Bonnar; ‘…a vital and sparkling young creature, [who] was rehearsing for a show at the time and many of the sittings had to take place in the early morning before she went to the theatre.’ A detailed figure drawing for the painting is in the collection of Nottingham City Art Gallery. The artist’s own dressmaker, Miss Fergusson, posed for the woman making the alterations to the dress; ‘her hands and type were perfect.’ The picture was originally intended to hang in the office of the new headquarters of the H Earl Hoover business in Chicago but Hoover was so delighted with it that he decided to hang it in pride of place in his home.

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Laura Knight, Ballet, 1936, oil on canvas, 65 x 76 cm, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Inevitably, she was from time to time compared to Degas

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Edgar Degas, Danseuses, 1884, pastel on paper, 75 x 73 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Laura worked in other media for her ballet work. These two aquatints show the development of an idea:

Left: Laura Knight, The Three Graces, 1926, aquatint
and right: Laura Knight, Three Graces of the Ballet, 1927, aquatint

Two more dressing room scenes, painted at different periods. In spite of her passion for the genre, she did not just depict the ballet, and her output was immense and varied

Left: Laura Knight, The Ballet Shoe, oil on canvas, 1932, 43 x 38 cm, Museums and Art Galleries, Brighton and Hove, UK
and right: Laura Knight, A Dressing Room at Drury Lane, 1952, oil on canvas

Although this talk has been about the ballet, Laura painted scenes of many different theatrical production, both on stage and off.

Just one example of her work:

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Laura Knight, The Theatre Wardrobe, date?, oil on canvas, 97 x 66 cm, Private Collection

BT, Meeting No24, 4 September, 2018

Laura Knight, WW1 1914-18

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Laura Knight, Spring, 1916-1920, oil on canvas, 182 x 153, Tate Gallery, London, UK

Laura needed to paint a picture which symbolised hope at a time when there seemed little prospect of better times: hence the rainbow. She reworked it over several years.

The models are Charles Naper, and his wife Ella, whom we last saw without her clothes.

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Laura Knight, Self Portrait with Model, 1913, oil on canvas, 152 x 128 cm, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

As far as I know, there are no paintings of Charles without his clothes, but he also painted his wife, as well as specialising in Cornish Landscapes

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Charles Naper, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, pencil

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Photograph of Charles Naper, Laura Knight, Cecily & Alfred Sidgwick, and Harold Knight in August 1914

The photograph was taken at the time of the outbreak of the war. Laura rarely looks at the camera. I have the feeling that it was not intentional, but that she always seemed to find something else to do at the time.

The detail from Spring shows a single magpie. Laura’s friend Gertrude Harvey was Cornish, and superstitious. She tried to get Laura to paint out the unlucky magpie, without success.

Gertrude Harvey was the wife of Harold Harvey, who painted the portrait of Dorothea Sharp, the subject of an earlier presentation

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Harold Harvey, Portrait of Dorothea Sharp

He also painted his superstitious wife, who evidently had no objection to a single parrot.

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Harold Harvey, Gertrude Harvey with a Parrot in the Artist’s House, oil on canvas, 46 x 48 cm, Private Collection

During the war Harold Knight’s principles led him to be a conscientious objector, which earned him the rebuke of many of his colleagues and former friends, and put a strain on his physical and mental health, as he was required to work as a farm labourer. He was 40 at the outbreak of war. He produced a number of sensitive scenes of women in interiors during this period, in part because artists were forbidden to produce views of the Cornish coastline for security reasons during the First World War, but perhaps also to reduce the stress of his life at the time.

Left, Harold Knight, Knitting, 1915, oil on canvas, 46 x 46 cm, Private Collection, and right, Harold Knight, The Green Book, c.1915, oil on canvas, 51 x 46 cm, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Laura, on the other hand, was as busy and adventurous as ever

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Laura Knight, At the Edge of the Cliff, 1916, oil on canvas, 58 x 71 cm, Private Collection

She cared little for the restrictions, and continued to paint coastal scenes. Eventually she had to stop, and afterwards always painted from a high viewpoint and with no horizon, so that she could not be accused of being a spy.
The model is Marjorie Taylor, the sixteen year old daughter of a local coal merchant.

In November 1916, the wealthy Canadian newspaper owner Lord Beaverbrook founded the Canadian War Memorials Fund. The Fund hired more than 116 artists in Canada and Great Britain to paint over 900 scenes of Canada at war. Some artists were sent to the front lines in France and Belgium to sketch Canadians in battle. Back in their studios in London, England, they completed larger paintings in oils. Other artists painted scenes of the home front in Canada

Future members of Canada’s celebrated Group of Seven also found new inspiration as war artists, painting the landscape of the western front. After the war, they depicted Canadian wilderness scenes in which damage caused by forest fires and the harsh climate was a prominent feature. The image of the destroyed, but still upright, tree appears in many of their compositions.

Here is one example:

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Frederick Varley, German Prisoners, c1918, oil on canvas, Canadian War Museum, Ottowa, Canada

Anna Airy, 1882-1964, was one of the first women officially commissioned as a war artist and was recognised as one of the leading women artists of her generation.

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Anna Airy, Cookhouse, Witley Camp, 1918, oil on canvas, Canadian War Museum, Ottowa, Canada

Laura also received a commission to paint at Witley Camp, near Aldershot. Her brief, strange though it may seem, was to paint Canadian soldiers bathing in the river. She couldn’t find any, but met Joe Shears, the Imperial Forces bantam weight champion. He was kind, cheerful and popular with everyone. She decided to paint a picture of a boxing match instead.

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Laura Knight, Boxing Match, 1916, oil on canvas, Canadian War Museum, Ottowan Canada

The painting is more than three metres wide, and features Joe on the left in his black shorts and red sash.

These two sketches were probably drawn at Witley

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…as were these black and which illustrations, taken from her first autobiography, “Oil Paint & Grease Paint”, published in 1936.

Laura was a woman, commissioned to paint a subject unfamiliar to her. Some years earlier, George Bellows, one of the Ash Can School of artists in New York, had painted a more brutal depiction of a boxing match…

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George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909, oil on canvas, 92 x 123 cm, Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

Two boxers fighting in the private athletic club situated across from his studio. Bellows used quick strokes to create a blurred image, simulating the two fighters in motion. He also chose a low point of view to put the viewer among the crowd watching the fight. Participants in the boxing ring were usually members of the club, but occasionally outsiders would fight with temporary memberships. These fighters were known as “stags”.

BT, Meeting No 23, 21 August 2018

Laura Knight, Newlyn

As we saw last time, in spite of the poverty, deprivation, terrible living conditions and the experience of pain and grief which so distressed Harold, Laura acknowledged that their life in Staithes was the time when she discovered herself as an artist

Remember that this all happened at the end of the Belle Epoque in society and the arts. Staithes was a long way from all this. They were now married and settled in their life together.

When they arrived in Newlyn in 1907, there was already an established colony of artists working there, among whom were Stanhope Forbes, Frank Bramley and Henry Scott Tuke. They were made welcome by Forbes, the acknowledged leader of the group.

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Stanhope Forbes, A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach, 1885, oil on canvas, City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK

Writing to his mother in 1894, the painter Stanhope Forbes described Newlyn as ‘a sort of English Concarneau, and is the haunt of many artists’. Aware of the work of Bastien-Lepage and keen to explore plein air painting and rustic naturalism, Forbes had travelled to Brittany in 1891–2 in the company of his friend Henry La Tangue. They visited the artists’ colonies of Quimperlé and Concarneau where Jules Bastien-Lepage had settled in 1883. On his return to Britain, Forbes made his way to Newlyn and found there another colony dedicated to plein air realism. He decided to stay.

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Frank Bramley, A Hopeless Dawn, 1888, oil on canvas, 123 168 cm, Tate Gallery, London, UK

The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy,  with the following quotation from Ruskin:
‘Human effort and sorrow going on perpetually from age to age; waves rolling for ever and winds moaning, and faithful hearts wasting and sickening for ever, and brave lives dashed away about the rattling beach like weeds for ever; and still, at the helm of every lonely boat, through starless night and hopeless dawn, His hand, who spreads the fisher’s net over the dust of the Sidonian palaces, and gave unto the fisher’s hand the keys of the kingdom of heaven.’
The print after Raphael’s cartoon of ‘Christ giving the Keys to St Peter’ represented on the wall on the right has evidently been placed there deliberately to bear out the text. An open Bible lies in front of the missing fisherman’s mother who is comforting the young wife. A candle placed on the window-sill as a beacon has flickered out.
The Naturalist style was viciously criticised by Sickert, as a result of which all the Newlyn members left the New English Art Club

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Henry Scott Tuke, Our Jack, portrait of Jack Rolling, c1886, oil on canvas, 51 x 32 cm, The Tuke Collection, Winchester, UK

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Laura Knight, The Beach, 1909, oil on canvas, 127 x 152 cm, Tyne & Wear Museum, Newcastle, UK

The Beach brings together studies made at Staithes and at Newlyn. The children have, as Elizabeth Knowles comments in “Laura Knight in the Open Air”, been taken ‘out from a dim cottage interior into the brilliant light’ and the North Yorkshire coast re-located, like Laura, to southern climes. Laura said herself “in it I painted Staithes rather than Newlyn”

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Harold Knight, In the Spring, 1908, oil on canvas, 132 x 158 cm, Tyne & Wear Museum, Newcastle, UK

Harold’s artistic achievements have never been fully explored or evaluated in depth, despite his being a highly accomplished painter, and a great portrait artist. Nor has Harold Knight been treated fairly in his own right, too often being represented as withdrawn and repressed, existing in the shadow of his flamboyant wife, a muted background against which Laura performed her vibrant excesses. Yet those who met and knew Harold considered him to be a quiet, sober, mild-mannered man. He was a good conversationalist, well informed, not just about art but about national and international affairs, displaying a lot of common sense, pragmatic and highly respected both as a man and as a painter. Laura herself was to say in later life that Harold gave her the stability and discipline she needed.

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Laura Knight, Cheyne Walk, 1908, oil on canvas, 48 x 58 cm, Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

At the end of 1908 Laura was elected Associate of the Old Watercolour Society and in the new year travelled to London to receive her diploma, staying overnight with old Nottingham friends, Ernest Gillick, who had been a fellow student at the Art School, and his wife. Dedicated to the plein air philosophy, she could not resist prolonging her visit so that she might paint the recent snowfall in the street outside their house in Cheyne Walk. At once she went out to buy canvas, brushes, paints and galoshes and set up an easel on the pavement.She worked all that day and the next, numbed by the cold. The resulting picture was exhibited at the Academy in the summer of 1909.

Between 1909 and 1910, Laura worked on two large canvases

Laura Knight, Flying a Kite, 1910, oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, Iziko Museums, Cape Town, South Africa

Laura Knight, The Boys, 1910, oil on canvas, 152 x 183 cm, Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Alfred Munnings arrived in Newlyn in 1909, and soon caused all sorts of trouble.

Harold Knight, Alfred Munnings Reading, c1911, oil on canvas, Private Collection

This painting was found in 2009, hidden on the back of Laura Knight’s Carnaval, 1915.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to why she should have hidden it. She liked Munnings for his extrovert behaviour, so much like her own. It is possible that she wanted to remove the canvas from Harold’s studio, since he had become irritated by the newcomer.

Shortly after Munnings had established himself in Newlyn, Florence Carter-Wood arrived. She was the sister of Joey, who lived there, although he was not an artist. Florence was beautiful and immediately sought after as a model.

Left, Harold Knight, Florence Carter-Wood, 1910, oil on canvas, Private Collection, and right, Laura Knight, A Girl Reading, probably Florence Carter-Wood, 1910, watercolour, 61 x 51 cm, Private Collection

Harold Knight, Afternoon Tea, c1910, oil on canvas, 193 x 152 cm, Private Collection

The scene is the sitting room in Sandy Cove, the house owned by another artist, Garnett Wolsey, who is present as the butler. Florence is on the left and Laura, dressed in blue, is in the centre.

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Alfred Munnings, Morning Ride, oil on canvas, 51 x 62 cm, Private Collection

Munnings became infatuated with her, although they could not have been more different. He was the son of a Suffolk miller, she was from a wealthy brewing family. He behaved outrageously, she was naïve, conventional and innocent. They were married in 1912, and Florence attempted suicide on her wedding night, by taking poison. She was successful in her second attempt two years later.

In her autobiography, Laura simply states that “a much loved member of our community has been taken from us”, but Munnings does not refer to his first wife at any point in his own autobiography.

Briefly, back to Laura:

Laura Knight, Self Portrait, with model, 1913, oil on canvas, 152 x 128 cm, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

The model is Ella Naper, an artist friend of Laura., and the painting is a bold statement about the ability of women to paint hitherto taboo subjects.

Two portraits of Dolly Henry, a model from London, whom Laura admired for her vitality, shrewdness, and a hint of violent temper. She was the girl friend of John Currie, a painter.

Left, Laura Knight, Rose and Gold, 1914, oil on canvas, 61 x51 cm, Private Collection, and right, Laura Knight, Marshmallows, 1914, oil on canvas, Private Collection

John Currie, Self Portrait, 1905, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK

Currie was a member of the Slade Art Group, and his friends included Mark Gertler and C R W Nevinson. He met Dolly when she was seventeen, fell in love and left his wife in 1911.

John Currie, The Supper, 1912-1914, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK

The detail shows John & Dolly kissing.

Left, John Currie, Head of a Girl, 1913, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK, and right, John Currie, The Witch, 1913, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK

On 8 October, 1914, Currie shot Dolly, and then killed himself.

Not everyone in Newlyn was surprised. Augustus John said “We all got sick of her. She was an attractive girl, or used to be when I new her first, but she seems to habve deteriorated into a deceitful little bitch”.

The Knights blamed themselves, since Harold, misjudging Dolly’s claims that Currie would harm her, had given him her address in London.

Calm returned.

Left, Laura Knight, Bathing, c1912, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, Private Collection, and right, Laura Knight, The Cornish Coast,1917, oil on canvas, 65 x 76 cm, National Gallery of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Left,Laura Knight, The Green Sea, Lamorna, oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm, Private Collection, and right Laura Knight, A Dark Pool, oil on canvas, 46 x 46 cm, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Laura Knight, Logan’s Rock, c1916, oil on canvas, 67 x 70 cm, Private Collection

The Knights moved to London in 1918, but often returned to Newlyn. Harold died there in 1961,

BT, Meeting No22, 7 August, 2018

Laura Knight, Staithes

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Laura’s Studio at Staithes, 1898

Laura and Harold needed a place that would offer the inspiration they had failed to find in Skegness. The answer came from Thomas Barratt, a teacher at the Nottingham Schoool of Art, who said: ‘Go to Staithes … there is no place so splendid for an artist in the whole of England. I have a cottage there I go to every summer. Harold and you will want to spend all your time painting’. And so in the late summer of 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, to Staithes they all went.

When the railway came to Staithes in 1883 some three hundred fishermen were working out of the port, with the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway running three trains a week from the station at the bank top to transport the catch to markets nationwide. Yet the community below maintained its self-contained isolation. They considered even those who lived and worked “up top” as foreigners. Even so, for all its apartness, Staithes could not ignore the trickle of outsiders who came to the village: painters attracted by its picturesque character, its dramatic weather, strong light and long days. Seeking out remote, rural and coastal places, they were part of the new movement that was transforming the art-world at home and abroad. They brought with them modernity and a whiff of revolution to this remote place.

Left: Mark Senior, Runswick Bay, c1883, oil on canvas, 51 x 36 cm, Private Collection
Top right: Frederick Jackson, In the Garden, 1886, oil on canvas
Bottom right: Gilbert Foster, Wild Flowers in Yorkshire, before 1906, oil on canvas

By 1880 three influential artists were working in the Staithes-Whitby area: Gilbert Foster, Frederick Jackson and Mark Senior.
They established what was to be a loosely associated colony of painters resident there for over 30 years and known as the “Staithes Group”. Harold and Laura were associated with Staithes for over ten years (from their first visit in 1897 to their removal to Newlyn in 1907) and it was at Staithes that both of them threw off the restraints of academic art and provincial attitudes. As Laura affirmed, Staithes was for her a ‘tremendous influence on work, life and power of endurance’.
She found herself as an artist at Staithes.

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Laura and Harold married in 1903; he was 29, she 26. They had been companions since she entered Nottingham School of Art when Laura was 13. Harold died in 1961 at the age of 87, after 58 years of marriage.
In this photograph Harold, a self-effacing man, is standing at the back.

He became a well known artist, specialising in portraits

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Harold Knight, Arthur Balfour, 1st Baron Riverdale, 1936, oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

He painted Laura, on several occassions. Here, along with her portrait of her sister, is the first, painted shortly before her fifteenth birthday

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Harold Knight, Laura Johnson, 1892, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Laura Knight, Sis, 1896, oil on canvas, 46 x 56 cm, Private Collection.

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Laura Knight, Packing Fish on the Quay at Staithes, c1899, oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm, Private Collection

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Laura Knight, Cobles at Runswick, 1897-1907, oil on board, 39 x 29 cm, Brockfield Hall, nr York, UK

 

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Laura Knight, A mother and child in a kitchen, 1905-1908, oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm, Private Collection

This appears to have been painted between Laura and Harold Knight’s first trip to the Laren community in the Netherlands, in 1905, and their leaving Yorkshire to move to Cornwall in 1908. After their wedding in 1903, the Knights generally stayed with a Mrs Bowman when returning to the Staithes area in Yorkshire and in between visits to Laren. She lived in nearby Roxby, and the couple would walk over the fields every day down to Staithes, where they had their studios. Laura painted several oils similar in style to A mother and child in a kitchen, using Mrs Bowman’s cottage interior as a background. A similar work, Dressing the Children, below, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1906, Both show some Dutch influence, gained from the Knight’s trips to Laren. Laura painted several works while in Staithes, subjects ranging from old women in interiors performing simple household tasks such as knitting, peeling potatoes and plucking geese, to children playing on the beach. Laura paid her models in pennies, which small sum she could hardly afford.

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Laura Knight, Dressing the Children, 1906, oil on canvas, 102 x 140 cm, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK

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Laura Knight, The Girl & the Letter, 1906, oil on canvas, 102 x 127 cm, Harris Museums and Art Gallery, Preston, UK

Left: Laura Knight, The Elder Sister, c1907, oil on canvas, 33 x 25 cm, Touchstones, Rochdale, UK
Right: Laura Knight, The Rocking Chair, c1906-1907

The same scene and the same models, painted in different styles.

Left: Laura Knight, The Fishing Fleet, 1900, oil on canvas, 123 x 84 cm, Art Gallery, Bolton, UK
Right: Laura Knight, Fisherfolk Baiting Lines on the Cobbles, Staithes, date?, 45 x 54 cm, Private Collection

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Laura Knight, On the Quayside, watercolour, Private Collection

Left: Harold Knight, The Storm, c1901, oil on canvas, 91 x 121 cm, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe, UK
Right: Harold Knight, Grief, c1901, oil on canvas, Private Collection

The painting on the right is of a girl who was to marry Billy Uthank. He, his father and his brother were all drowned on the same day, a few days before the wedding.

The Knights had had enough of the raw pain of the place and, now that the winter set in, missed the companionship of other artists that they had enjoyed at Laren. Harold in particular was emotionally drained, tired of watching the never-ending tragedy of life on the Yorkshire coast. Yet Laura was reluctant to leave for she owed so much to the place. Staithes had offered her emotional and professional nourishment and throughout her life she would think back to her time in that ‘wildified place’ as marking a rite of passage. It was there, she says that ‘I … found my own way of seeing and trying to speak of it in pencil and colour, instead of copying other people, particularly Harold.’

The time had come to move on. So, they burned their unwanted canvases and looked south and west with the promise of warmer climes, longer days and brighter skies of Cornwall.

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Laura Knight, Staithes, Yorkshire, 1900, oil on canvas

BT, Meeting No21, 24 July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Knight: Introduction

This is an introduction to the work of Laura Knight, 1877-1970
Later talks will be devoted to various aspects of her art and periods of her life.
These are set out below, each with a single example of her work.

Early life

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Laura Knight, Sis, 1896, oil on canvas, 46 x 56 cm, Private Collection.

Staithes

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Laura Knight, Packing Fish on the Quay at Staithes, c1899, oil canvas, 61 x 52 cm, Private Collection

Marriage

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Photograph of Laura & Harold Knight, date unknown

Newlyn & Lamorna

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Laura Knight, Boys Bathing, Newlyn Quay, 1910, oil on canvas, 70 x 93 cm, private Collection

The Circus

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Laura Knight, Circus Matinee, 1938, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby, UK

The Ballet

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Laura Knight, Behind the Scenes in the Coulisses, 1920-25, oil on panel, 63 x 57 cm, Art Gallery, Falmouth, UK

Gypsies

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Laura Knight, The Gypsy, c 1939, oil on canvas, 61x 41 cm, Tate gallery, London, UK

Maryland

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Laura Knight, Pearl Johnson, 1926-27, oil on canvas

World War II

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Laura Knight, Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring, 1943, oil on canvas, 86 x 100 cm, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

Later Work

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Laura Knight, The Cruel Sea, 1967, oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm, Museum & Art Gallery, Bolton, UK

WATCH THIS SPACE!

BT, Meeting No 20, 10 July 2018

Falmouth Art Gallery

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The Falmouth Art Gallery is situated above the Public Library in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK.
It was first opened in 1978, and after renovation with the help of National Lottery Funds, reopened in 1996.
The gallery exhibits range from automata to surrealism, with examples of the work of old masters, Victorian artists and the British & French Impressionists.

The following is a selection of works in the gallery, with the artists in alphabetical order.

BaconMetropolitan
Francis Bacon, Metropolitan Tryptych, 1974-77, 109 x 64 cm

BrangwynSouthPier

Frank Brangwyn, Constructing South Pier, Mevagissey, 1888, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm

BratbyRowse

John Bratby, Portrait of Dr A L Rowse

FrinkEagleFrinkEagleFlight

Elizabeth Frink, Eagle; and Eagle in Flight

GainsboroughDonnithorne

Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of Rev Isaac Donnithorne, oil on canvas, 206 x 177 cm

HemyFalmouthNatives

Charles Napier Hemy, Falmouth Natives, 1890, oil on canvas, 81 x122 cm

HogarthBeggarsOpera

William Hogarth, The Beggar’s Opera, Act III, 1790, engraving, 50 x 62 cm

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Laura Knight, Behind the Scenes in the Coulisses, 1920-25, oil on panel, 63 x 57 cm

LichtensteinPaperPlates

Roy Lichtenstein, Paper Plates

MatisseCoquelicots

Henry Matisse, Coquelicots

MiroMelodie

Joan Miró, La Mélodie acidique, 1980

MooreShipwreckI

Henry Moore, Shipwreck I, coloured lithograph, 26 x 35 cm

MooreGirlDesk

Henry Moore, Girl at Desk, 1974, lithograph, 28 x 23 cm

MunchNorwegianLandscape

Edvard Munch, Norwegian Landscape, 1908, etching

MunningsGap

Alfred Munnings, The Gap, 1909, oil on canvas, 46 x 46 cm

MunningsCaravan

Alfred Munnings, The Caravan, 1910, oil on canvas

NicholsonHeads

Ben Nicholson, Heads, 1933

OpieJohnBeggarBoy

John Opie, A Beggar Boy, 1782, oil on canvas, 91 x 71 cm

ParsonsPearOrchard

Alfred Parsons, The Pear Orchard, 1903, oil on canvas, 79 x 111 cm

PiranesiCibele

Giovanni Batista Piranesi, Veduta del tempio di Cibele, etching, 1758

RaveratRoding

Gwen Raverat, The River Roding, engraving

RembrandtBaptismEunuch

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Baptism of the Eunuch, etching

RenoirNudeBathing

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nue se baignant

RenoirMorisot

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, 1892, etching

ReynoldsBoscawen

Joshua Reynolds, George Boscawen, 3rd Viscount Falmouth, mezzotint, 76 x 64 cm

ReynoldsRodney

Joshua Reynolds, Sir George Beydas Rodney, Rear Admiral of the Blues, mezzotint, 36 x 27 cm

SargentHemy

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Charles Napier Hemy, 1905, oil on canvas

TukeGossip

Henry Scott Tuke, A Morning Gossip, 1885, 27 x 34 cm

TukeFouracre

Henry Scott Tuke, Georgie & Richard Fouracre, oil on canvas, 37 x 52 cm

TukeQuay

Henry Scott Tuke, At the Quay, 14 x 22 cm

WaterhouseBouquet

John William Waterhouse, The Bouquet, c1908, oil on canvas, 59 x 42 cm