oil on canvas78 x 46 inches
First Exhibited London Royal Academy 1935
Ethel Bartlett 1896 – 1978 and her husband Rae Robertson (1893-1956) were a famous piano duo travelling throughout the UK, Europe and America.
Ethel and Rae became close friends of the Knights often playing musical soirees in Laura Knights studio in their home in Langford Place, London during both the 1920’ s and later.
Harold painted many pictures of Ethel exhibiting seven different works at the Royal Academy.
In this work the artist is clearly influenced by Vermeer’s attention to detail, recording the light across the pianist’s figure and picking out the silky folds in the pianist’s dress
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved