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[KNIGHT, Laura]. MARRIOTT, Charles, foreword and descriptive notes. Laura Knight. A Book of Drawings. London : John Lane The Bodley Head, -1923. Illustrated with twenty full page plates with tissue guards and accompanying text, four plates in full colour. Small folio, original gray boards, tan linen spine with printed paper label, green dust jacket lettered in black (some wear at spine ends). green dust jacket lettered in black (some wear at spine ends). Fine. #73 of 500 copies, signed by the artist. Dame Laura Knight, DBE, RA RWS (1877ÊÐ 1970) was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. Knight was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition who embraced English Impressionism. During her long career, Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. In 1929 she was created a Dame and in 1936 became the first woman elected to the Royal Academy since its foundation in 1768. Her large retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy, in 1965, was another first for a woman. Although Knight was known for painting amidst the world of the theatre and ballet in London, and for being a war artist during the Second World War, she was also greatly interested in, and inspired by, more marginalised communities and individuals including Gypsies and circus performers. Her success in the male-dominated British art establishment paved the way for greater status and recognition for women artists.

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    A Book of Drawings London, John Lane the Bodley Head

    Estimate $525 - $575Jun 24, 2017
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