Dame Laura Knight: ‘I Paint Today’

Wonderful painter!

At Sunnyside - Where Truth and Beauty Meet

DAME LAURA KNIGHT, R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1877-1970), At the Edge of the Cliff, signed ‘Laura Knight’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 23 x 28 in. (58.4 x 71.1 cm.), Painted circa 1917, Image Source: Christie’s

At the Edge of the Cliffis one of the strongest works in this clifftop series. The young woman in her striking striped blue and white skirt and white jumper has a timeless quality to her, her outfit feeling as modern to a contemporary audience as it did over 100 years ago. She stands on the cliffs at the top of Lamorna Cove, gazing out at the turquoise and deep blue sea, lost in thought.”


What is demonstrably clear is that Knight was, as her biographer Alice Strickland recently said, ‘a woman of firsts’. She was the first female artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire, in…

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Freelance writer and radio presenter

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