Category: Laura Knight - Oil Paintings and Watercolours
Location: Leeds City Art Galleries
Image Available From: Bridgeman
Pixels: 4910 x 4174
Tags: London, Old Vehicles, Places, Street Scenes
Watercolour and bodycolour 19¾ x 23¾ inches
First exhibited; London Royal Academy 1909 No. 828
The artist, similar to some other Newlyn artists, used the medium of watercolour to execute studies of paintings. However it was also a medium which she used seriously in its own right.
When the artist submitted drawings to the Old Water Colour Society and was elected an Associate in 1909 she stayed in Chelsea with Mary and Ernest Gillick.
In Laura’s autobiography OPGP she states “Thaw came in the night…..the pavement covered in slush, and a biting east wind
had risen. Undeterred, I set up my easel on the Embankment, just outside Mary and Ernest’s flat, and stayed there all day, despite the cold and having to hold my easel with one hand and
paint with the other, but I finished my large water-colour, in which a scarlet pillar-box was a prominent feature”. OPGP p. 167
“I heard from Mary Gillick, their charwoman’s husband, a night watchman, had come home one morning and told his wife “ There is a portrait of our pillar box hanging on the line in the RA” OPGP p. 168
The artist refers to this work as “ Pillar Box” OPGP p. 168 & 169
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved