Oil on canvas 28 x 35¾ inches.
First exhibition of this painting is not known.
Patience Smith, sister of Beulah and daughter of Rose and Liberty Smith.
When Laura Knight was seeking a new subject to paint, her great friend Alfred Munnings suggested Race meetings. At the race meetings Laura was soon attracted to the colourful dresses of the the Romanies meandering amongst the crowds and met Granny Smith who invited the artist to their camp at Iver Common, Buckhamshire. The artist visited Iver Common on several occasions and kept meeting the Smith and Knowles families at Epsom, Ascot and other race meetings. In the late 1930’s and early part of World War ll the artist also painted gypsies Hop picking in Worcestershire.
This is the only known painting of Patience; but as gypsies had become a new subject for the artist there are over 100 paintings of gypsies, their camps and their brightly painted caravan wagons. There are seven or more paintings of her just sister Beulah, five or more paintings of her Mother known as Granny Smith, five or more of her father Liberty Smith and several paintings of Beulah’s son.
Examples of paintings of Beulah include Gypsy plaiting her hair and Watercan, example of her mother is Gypsy Splendour and examples of Liberty Smith include The Gypsy and The Sick Gypsy.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved