Throughout here life, Dame Laura Knight was popular with fellow artists and the public alike and she remains one of Britain’s favourite artists to this day.

Best known for painting amidst the world of the theatre and ballet in London, and for being a war artist during the second world war, Dame Laura Knight produced a number of fantastic works over the course of her career. The widely popular and successful artist, often painted people in action in a robust, realistic style, and was able to compete with the men of the 20th century art scene, on their own terms.

Discover 6 things you didn’t know about the life and work of Dame Laura Knight below.

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Dame Laura and Harold Knight (Image credit: National Portrait Gallery)

6 Things you didn’t know about Dame Laura Knight

1. She was awarded a DBE

2. Knight wasn’t afraid to speak up for gender equality.

3. Knight loved to paint challenging subjects.

4. She was very much involved in the war effort

During the war she was asked by the Ministry of Information to paint pictures of women in the forces for propaganda purposes. In 1946, Laura made her own request to become the official war artist at the Nuremburg trials. Most artists would have sat inconspicuously with a sketch book. However, Laura wanted to paint from life and so squeezed a huge canvas into a glass fronted press box.

5. Knight taught art at the age of 15

6. She ran away with the circus

Work by Dame Laura Knight at Trinity House

Dame Laura Knight artwork for sale

Malvern Hills

Size: 16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61.0 cm)

Dame Laura Knight artwork for sale

Summer’s Day

Size: 9.5 x 13.5 inches (24 x 34 cm)

Dame Laura Knight artwork for sale

Circus Performer

Size: 11.5 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

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