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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 84

    Dame Laura Knight, R.A., R.W.S. (1877-1970)

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    Dame Laura Knight, R.A., R.W.S. (1877-1970)
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    signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'Islington 1938/L. K.' (lower right)
    black chalk and watercolour
    10¾ x 14½ in. (27.3 x 36.8 cm.)


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    Knight's interest in circuses began with her childhood memories of the Nottingham Goose Fair. In the early 1930s she undertook a regional tour of the Midlands with Carno's Circus. She was soon taken on as their official artist on a salary of two and sixpence a week. She lodged with the clown Joe Bert and his wife Ally who became her lifelong friends and the subjects of her 1962 memoir A Proper Circus Omie.

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    Provenance

    with Colnaghi's, London.