HAROLD KNIGHT, R.A.
When the Cat's Away
signed l.l.: H Knight; further numbered, titled, signed and inscribed with the artist's address on an old label attached to the stretcher; No1/ When the Cat's Away/ H Knight/ 8 Belgrave Sqe/ Nottingham; also signed, dated and numbered on another label; Knight/ 1893/ 19/ 3597
oil on canvas
77 by 61cm., 30 by 24in.
The picture is unlined and in good overall condition. There are localised areas of craquelure but the paint surface appears to be stable.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are areas of localised retouching to the girl's cheek and arm and infillings to craquelure in the background.
The picture is contained in a moulded gilt composite frame with laureate decoration - possibly the original frame.
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Given by the artist to 'Riley' and thence by descent until 2008 when sold anonymously, Bonham's, London, 2 April 2008, lot 90
London, Royal Academy, 1896, no.626
Academy Notes, 1896, p.21
The label on the reverse indicates that this picture was painted when the artist was only nineteen, living at home with his mother and father and studying at Nottingham School of Art. It is believed to have been given to a fellow student at Nottingham known only as 'Riley. It was exhibited four years later, following Knight's return from studying in Paris.