About the artist
English artist Dame Laura Knight (née Johnson; 4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) excelled in various mediums such as oils, watercolours, etching, engraving, and drypoint. She embraced English Impressionism and worked in the figurative, realist style. Knight's remarkable career made her one of Britain's most successful and beloved painters. Her achievements within the male-dominated British art establishment opened doors for recognition of female artists. In 1929, she received the title of Dame, becoming the second woman to attain full membership in the Royal Academy in 1936. Knight's retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965 was a pioneering event for women. She found inspiration in London's theatre and ballet scene, serving as a war artist during the Second World War. Knight's interest extended to marginalised communities like the Romani people and circus performers.