Oil on canvas 60 x 50 inches
First exhibited 1913 ‘show day’ in Newlyn, in the Passmore Edwards Art Gallery, the annual
spring ritual by which the artists resident in and around Penzance unveiled their exhibits for the London season. That year Laura’s work took pride of place, titled Self Portrait.
Exhibited At The International Society 1913 No. 93 as The Model.
The model is Charles Naper’s wife Ella who were great and lifelong friends of the Knights.
Painted at Lamorna studio and at the time the work was seen as a First for a woman artist.
Laura is wearing her favourite cardigan at that time, which she purchased at a Penzance fair for half a crown. This cardigan may also be seen is in the artist’s work Penzance Fair, and Gert Harvey borrowed it when she posed for Harold. The cardigan was christened “The Cornish scarlet” by a certain art critic.
It is understood that The Royal Academy rejected this work for their 1913 exhibition.
This work of art is perhaps the most exhibited work of the artist.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved