Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) British Painter and Ceramicist

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Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) British painter and ceramics decorator; born Long Eaton, Derbyshire; active Newlyn, Cornwall.

Education

In 1892 she studied at the Nottingham School of Art.

Biography

She was a juror of the 1922 Carnegie International competition, Pittsburgh. She designed both the shapes and the decorations for the 1933โ€”34 Circus range of tableware produced by Arthur J. Wilkinson, Burslem, under Clarice Cliffโ€™s supervision. Further significant work included 1937 coronation ceramics by Wedgwood and glassware by Stuart Crystal. 1939โ€”40, she was an official war artist; in 1946, she was an official artist at the Nuremberg Trials.

Dame Laura Knight painter of stage and circus life, putting the finishing touches to the Coronation mugs
Dame Laura Knight painter of stage and circus life, putting the finishing touches to the Coronation mugs she has designed, at a Stoke-on-Trent pottery. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Exhibitions

From 1903, work (paintings) shown at Royal Academy, London, and (glassware) at 1934 โ€˜Modern Art for the Table,โ€™ Har- rods department store, London. Work subject of 1936 โ€˜Oil Paint and Grease Paintโ€™ and 1965 โ€˜The Magic of a Lineโ€™ exhibitions.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

Books about Laura Knight

Morden, B. C. (2013). Laura Knight: A Life. United Kingdom: McNidder and Grace Limited. https://amzn.to/3bGF3sr

Nunn, P. G., Hatchwell, S., Spira, A., Blanchard, F. (2022). Laura Knight: A Panoramic View. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury USA. https://amzn.to/3IcwO3t

Strickland, A., Knight, L. (2019). Laura Knight. United Kingdom: Eiderdown Books. https://amzn.to/3P0s9Eb

Valentine, H., Wickham, A. (2019). Laura Knight: A Working Life. United Kingdom: Royal Academy of Arts. https://amzn.to/3bGu81W

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