Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches
“Another splendid real Romany type was called Beulah. I had the luck to use her over and over again as a model – Never, however as much as I could have wished. Her hair, like Granny Smith’s was jet black and of great growth and abundance“. MOAL 253
First Exhibited: London Royal Academy 1951 No.40
This picture was painter at the gypsy camp, Iver Common, Buckinghamshire.
There is another portrait of Beulah called the The Hill Top where she is posing in almost the same manner, but with a Watercan and dog at her feet, with a background of the Welsh hills painted on the top of the Malvern Hills. The Smith family used to go hop picking nearby in Worcestershire.
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020 All Rights Reserved