Laura Knight was born Laura Johnson in 1877, the youngest of three daughters. Unlike her latter day namesake
, she didn't have a rich Daddy, but somehow her widowed mother found the wherewithal to send her to Paris until aged just 13 she entered Nottingham School of Art, the first provincial art school in the UK. (This is now part of Nottingham Trent University
). In 1903 she married fellow artist Harold Knight. Extremely talented, she easily eclipsed her husband, becoming an official war artist during the second great conflict of the 20th Century, and afterwards an official artist at the Nuremberg Trials.
They did though exhibit their work together on at least one occasion. The London Times
of November 4, 1907 contains an advertisement for their Life And Landscape
exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in Leicester Square.
The National Portrait Gallery exhibition
has actually been running since July; you have until October 13 to check it out. Tickets are £7.00 but entry to the gallery itself is free.
Finally, although she died over forty years ago, Dame Laura Knight has an official website
, which is run by her great-nephew.