Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Harold Knight

Portait of a young boy seated to one side of an oak carver, circa 1910
Framed (ref: 5035)

Inscribed on the backboard, By Harold Knight RA, presented to Dily Cumming by Colwin and Rosaleen Sheppard
Oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 7 in. (24 x 17.8 cm.)


Provenance: Colwin and Rosaleen Sheppard; private collection France

Knight was born in Nottingham, England, the son of an architect, and studied at Nottingham School of Art under Wilson Foster. It was at the School of Art that he met fellow artist, Laura Johnson, whom he married in 1903

After spending time in Paris, studying art under Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin-Constant, then at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast, in 1907 Harold and Laura Knight moved to Newlyn, a fishing port in Cornwall where they became part of the Newlyn School.

During the First World War, Knight’s principles led him to be a conscientious objector, which earned him the rebuke of many of his colleagues and former friends, and put a strain on his physical and mental health as he was forced to work as a farm labourer. When the War ended, he and Laura moved to London, although they frequently returned to Cornwall to paint.

Knight was elected a Royal Academician in 1931, and died on 3 October 1961 in Colwall, Herefordshire.