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Artist in focus: Dame Laura Knight

RA Collection talk


● Fully booked

Wednesday 8 March 2017
11.30am — 12pm

Dame Laura Knight RA, Dawn (detail), c.1936.

Diploma Work, accepted 1936.

Oil on canvas. 75 x 59 cm. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond.

Celebrate International Women’s Day by joining Senior RA Collection Curator Helen Valentine behind-the-scenes in the Library as she discusses the work and life of Dame Laura Knight, the first woman ever to be elected Royal Academician.

At the height of her fame, Dame Laura Knight (1877–1970) was probably the best-known female artist in the UK. She was rarely without a sketchbook wherever she went and over 300 of her lively, accomplished drawings are in the RA Collection.

This event is an opportunity to view a selection of her sketches and studies depicting ballet dancers, circus performers and scenes of everyday life.

An artist known for her daring, resolute spirit as well as for her art, Knight was awarded a Damehood in 1929. Her success was crowned nine years later when she became the first woman to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy and in 1965 she became the first female Academician to have a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Royal Academy.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Wednesday 8 March 2017

11.30am — 12pm

Meet on the Sackler Landing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Free, booking required.