Dame Laura Knight RA

Item Lot Number: 2034

Dame Laura Knight RA, RWS, RE, RWA, PSWA, DBE (1877-1970)
The dressing room
Signed, pencil and grey wash, 28cm by 19.5cm

This sketch of ballet dancers dressing and applying make-up is likely to be from the 1920's when her subject matter was dominated by anonymous representations of women dancers in the dressing room (Timothy Wilcox Laura Knight at the Theatre 2008). Laura was eager to take advantage of drawing `from the life', having been denied this as a female student at art school. She was also fascinated by the transformation of the performer into character; the physical woman into the `sylph'. Her study here shows that metamorphosis at two levels: the application of make up before the mirror and the physical woman assuming her costume.

We are grateful to Dr Barbara Morden for her assistance in cataloguing lots 2034-2036

Estimate: £200-300

Sold: £750
Condition Report:
Slight discolouration of the paper with minor foxing throughout. Overall the condition is reasonable/good. Not examined out of the frame.