Property from a Private Collection
DAME LAURA KNIGHT, R.A., R.W.S. | Hamlet and Gertrude; Backstage, Romeo and Juliet at the Regent Theatre
DAME LAURA KNIGHT, R.A., R.W.S.
Hamlet and Gertrude; Backstage, Romeo and Juliet at the Regent Theatre
one dated and signed l.r.; 1943/ Laura Knight; and titled on an old label attached to the backboard; the other inscribed and signed l.r.; Hamlet + Mother/ Diana Wynyard and/ Robert Helpmann/ Laura Knight/ Stratford on Avon
both, watercolour with pen and ink over crayon
one 51 by 34cm., 20 by 13.5in.; the other 36 by 25cm., 14 by 10in.
Both drawings are flat in the mount and not laid down - they are float mounted and not painted to the edges of the sheet. The paper is slightly dirty and discoloured but this is not distracting.
Both drawings are contained in simple black frames with a clean mount and under glass.
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Backstage, Romeo and Juliet at the Regent Theatre - Sotheby's, London, 'Works by Laura Knight Sold by her Executors', 22 July 1971, part of lot 5;
The Fine Art Society, London, 1977;
Phillips, London, 21 November 2000, lot 14, where purchased by the present owner
Hamlet and Gertrude - Phillips, London, 12 May 1987, lot 78 where purchased by the present owner