Laura Knight A Working Life

In this new publication on Laura Knight, Annette Wickham and Helen Valentine present the Academy's holdings of her drawings with an in-depth analysis focused on three key subjects within her work: the nude, the working woman and country life. 

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Dimensions 22.9 x 1.5 x 17.1cm
Fabric & material Paperback
No. of Pages 96
SKU 12089854

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Dame Laura Knight RA (1877 - 1970) was the first female member to be elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, submitting Dawn, her now famous painting of two female nudes, as her Diploma Work in 1936. In 1965 the Academy's major retrospective of her work recognised her importance in British art.

This autumn an exhibition of Knight's drawings opens at the RA. Drawing was a key part of her practice, and allowed her to capture at speed her various subjects, which include travellers, circus performers, boxers, ballet dancers and ice skaters. Drawing allowed her to capture with immediacy the exuberant life of her models, as well as being a vital recording tool when she witnessed one of the most important events of the twentieth century: the Nuremberg trials.

Dame Laura Knight RA's drawings from the Royal Academy's collection confirm her exceptional gift for capturing life's multiplicity an movement.

This new study accompanies an exhibition in the RA's Tennant Gallery in the autumn of 2019.