Oil on canvas 120 x 144 inches
First exhibited: Not known.
This work was commissioned for the Canadian Government; the artist was recommended for the work by P.G.Konody – art critic and good friend of the artist.
In a letter that the artist wrote from her hotel, The Angel in Godalming in Surrey, she said she loved the Canadians, “……they are ripping men and are called “Kilties” as they are Scotch Canadians, their dress is such a fine one”.
The scene depicts an open air boxing bout held at the Canadian Army base at Witley Camp, near Godalming between Joe Shears of the 156th Canadian Infantry Battalion of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force and Corporal W. Atkin. At the time Joe Shears was the Bantam weight inter services boxing champion.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved