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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S., R.E., R.W.A., P.S.W.A.
1877-1972
ON THE TRAPEZE

Provenance

Sotheby's, London, 6 February 1974, lot 110, where purchased by the present owner

Exhibited

Aquascutum Ltd, London, 1970;
Nottingham Castle, Festival Exhibition - Dame Laura Knight, 1970, 69

Catalogue Note

Beside the scenes of Gypsy life, Knight was also famous for her scenes of circuses painted from the early 1920s until her death. Following an introduction by her friend Alfred Munnings to the famous circus impresario Bertram Mills, Knight was given access to all backstage areas of the circus and became as much a member of the troupe as the performers. 'As an artist, she felt an affinity with the circus performers and her relationships with them were some of the closest she ever made. She admired their courage, hard work and continual striving for perfection - qualities she herself shared with them.' (Caroline Fox, Dame Laura Knight, 1988, p.65)

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London