Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
Exhibition history: This work has never exhibited.
Eva Angeline Johnson ( 1895 – 1946) sister of Dame Laura Knight aged twenty one.
Painted in the Castle Rooms. Nottingham where the artist and her sister Eva ( called “Sis” by the artist) lived 1896/87.At the time of painting this picture the artist was only 18, coming on 19 .
This picture was a 21st birthday present for from the artist to her sister.
The two sisters first visited Staithes a small fishing village in 1896. In 1898 the sisters moved from the Castle Rooms, Nottingham to the artist colony on the Yorkshire coast on a permanent basis where Eva stayed until 1901 on moving to St Quentin to joint her Uncle Arthur Peter Bates; and Laura stayed until 1907 when first moving to Cornwall with her husband Harold Knight.
Eva was also artistic in her own rights, being known for both her ceramic designs for companies such as AJ Wilkinson; E Brain & Co. with designs e.g Bizarre bon jour and Krafton bon jour and more particularly known as a textile designer for such companies as Donald Brothers; Turnbull and Stockdale and Warners.
Eva Crofts was the grandmother of R.John Croft who is compiling a Catalogue Raisonne on both Laura and Harold Knight.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2019 All Rights Reserved