Sotheby's, London, 6 February 1974, lot 110, where purchased by the present owner
Aquascutum Ltd, London, 1970; Nottingham Castle, Festival Exhibition - Dame Laura Knight, 1970, 69
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)
The canvas is unlined and the original canvas is providing a stable structural support. The paint surface is a little dirty and may benefit from a light clean.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are no signs of retouching.
The picture is contained in a white-painted moulded plaster frame and under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."