Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums has supported Museums Worcestershire to purchase two paintings by Dame Laura Knight for Worcester’s art collection.
Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums has supported Museums Worcestershire to purchase two paintings by Dame Laura Knight for Worcester’s art collection. The two works are a significant addition to the collection, which majors in works by British Impressionists and already includes three works by Knight who was a frequent visitor to Worcestershire and took inspiration from her surroundings.
The acquisitions are Beulah, no. 2 and Landscape of Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes (above).
Dame Laura Knight was a painter of celebrity status during her lifetime and her work is loved as much today. She forged a path for female artists, being created a Dame in 1929 and the first woman elected to the Royal Academy. Knight first visited Malvern in 1931 and lived there with her husband Harold Knight for the majority of the Second World War.
Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity led the campaign to purchase the artworks, with support from Art Fund, the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and kind donations from Art Gallery & Museum Members and donors to the charity.