Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1877-1970) The Golden Girl
Lot 174AR
Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S.
(British, 1877-1970)
The Golden Girl
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 46,716) inc. premium
Lot Details
Dame Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1877-1970)
The Golden Girl
signed 'Laura Knight' (lower right)
oil on canvas
85.5 x 48cm (33 11/16 x 18 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Christie's London, 5 June 1992, lot 5

    The sitter for the present lot is Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo, DBE, RA (1906-1994) who posed for Laura Knight on a number of occasions as well as modelling for many other well-known artists of the time such as Vanessa Bell, Mark Gertler, Duncan Grant and Dod Procter.

    A lock of her distinctive golden hair, which provided the inspiration and focus for a number of Knight's works, is still held at The Tate Archive. Born in Norwich, Mayo was also an artist in her own right, studying at the Slade School, Chelsea Polytechnic under Henry Moore and later with Fernand Léger at the Académie Montmartre in Paris. She was admired for her varied use of media and her work was exhibited at the Royal Academy frequently.
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