KNIGHT, Dame Laura

1877 - 1970

Self Portrait with Nudes

As Laura Johnson, she was born at Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 4 August 1877, the youngest of the three daughters of Charles Johnson and his wife Charlotte. Charlotte Johnson taught part-time at the Nottingham School of Art, and managed to have 13 year old Laura enrolled as a non-fee paying 'artisan student'. When aged fifteen, and still a student, Laura Johnson took over her mother's teaching duties when Charlotte became seriously ill. At the School of Art, Laura met another promising students, 17 year old Harold Knight and they married in 1903. In 1929, she was created a Dame, and in 1936 elected to the Royal Academy, only the third woman member since its foundation in 1768 and her large retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965 was another first for a woman. In her long career Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. Harold Knight died in 1961 and Laura died on 7 July 1970. Laura exhibited from 16 Langford Place, St John's Wood, London at the Ipswich Art Club in 1932, two watercolours 'On the Rope Ladder' and 'The Looking Glass'.

Self portrait with nudes