Harold Knight, RA, ROI, RP (British, 1874-1961) The Brass Goddess

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Lot 112AR
Harold Knight, RA, ROI, RP
(British, 1874-1961)
The Brass Goddess

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 30,582) inc. premium
Harold Knight, RA, ROI, RP (British, 1874-1961)
The Brass Goddess
signed 'Harold Knight' (lower left)
oil on canvas
82 x 69cm (32 5/16 x 27 3/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Estate of Dame Laura Knight
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 18 July 1973, lot 1
    with Edminston's, Glasgow, 26 July 1975
    Private collection, UK

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1929, no.71
    Pittsburgh, USA, Carnegie Institute
    Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, 1930
    Bournemouth, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Eminent Living Artists

    The sitter for the present lot is Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo, DBE, RA (1906-1994), who posed for both Harold Knight and 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 inspired many artists, is 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 frequently at the Royal Academy.

    We are grateful to Mr. John Croft for his assistance in cataloguing this lot. It will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné he is compiling on the artist.
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