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

Logan's Rock, Cornwall

Details
Dame Laura Knight, R.A., R.W.S. (1877-1970)
Logan's Rock, Cornwall
signed 'Laura Knight' (lower right)
oil on canvas
26½ x 27½ in. (67.3 x 69.8 cm.)
Painted circa 1916
Provenance
with Leicester Galleries, London, 1921.

Lot Essay

Laura and Harold Knight lived in Cornwall between 1907 and 1918. They settled in the fishing village of Newlyn and quickly became an important part of the artistic colony that had developed there since Stanhope Forbes founded his School of Painting in 1899. The unique quality of the light perculiar to the West of Cornwall inspired a series of views of the sea, often with female models seated on the rocks. As Caroline Fox (Dame Laura Knight, Oxford, 1988, p. 34) remarks: 'These paintings are extremely bright and colourful and reveal her delight in painting the sea in its different moods with shimmering reflections and ripples around the rocks'.

Logan's Rock, near Penzance, is a very large and precariously balanced boulder which has astonished local people for many years because it has never toppled over. It is now owned by The National Trust.
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