Oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches and
Painted inland about two miles fromr Chyoone
The original picture painted c 1913 depicted Ella and her husband Charles Naper, both artists and lifelong friends of the artist.
Laura’ s friend Gertrude Harvey, who was a very superstitious person, on seeing that the picture depicted one magpie, exclaimed to Laura, you will never sell that picture with just one raven on it. Laura then added some extra birds, painted out Charles Naper and in his place put in a local boy with his fishing
This amended Picture was exhibited in 1914 at Pittsburgh and sometime afterwards the Medici Society made a limited number of prints of this particular work.
Spring in this forma, with the boy fisher rather than Charles Naper being shown, is depicted in a photograph of the artist in her London Studio in The Artist Volume ll No. 5 January 1932 page 207.
Charles Naper was therefore not put back into this work until sometime between 1935 and the date of the above article.
The painting was purchased in 1935 by the Trustees of the Chantry for the Tate Museum.
in a changed format with Charles Naper re-instated and stood beside his wife, instead of the boy fisher.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved