Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1877-1970) Portrait of Heather Ealand
Lot 173AR
Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S.
(British, 1877-1970)
Portrait of Heather Ealand
Sold for £68,500 (US$ 100,698) inc. premium

Lot Details
Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1877-1970)
Portrait of Heather Ealand
signed 'Laura Knight' (lower right) and signed and inscribed 'Laura Knight/9 Langford Hall/St John's Wood/NW8' (on a label attached to the reverse)
oil on canvas
56 x 48cm (22 1/16 x 18 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Christie's London, 8 March 1990, lot 35
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 22 July 1987, lot 70

    EXHIBITED:
    London, Royal Academy, 1928, no. 207

    LITERATURE:
    C. Fox, Dame Laura Knight, Oxford, p.78, pl.65

    Dame Laura Knight's portrait of Heather Ealand was considered one of the most notable and interesting Royal Academy exhibits of that year and the model was described in the Royal Academy Illustrated as, 'a typical finely finished English Girl of today, with her short hair, passion for sport and clear-cut self reliance.'

    Laura Knight was a friend and frequent house guest of estate agent and property developer George Cross who owned a sizeable country property in the village of Compton Chamberlayne, near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

    George Cross had a stylish mistress called Gertrude Blanche Ealand, who he called Heather, and who Laura Knight became fond of and painted a number of times.
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