Dame Laura Knight RA (1877-1970) was the first female member to be elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, submitting Dawn, her now famous painting of two female nudes, as her Diploma Work in 1936. In 1965 the Academy’s major retrospective of her work recognised her importance in British art.
Drawing was a key part of her practice, and allowed her to capture at speed her various subjects. Here Annette Wickham and Helen Valentine present the Academy’s holdings of her drawings dating from the First World War to the 1960s with an in-depth analysis focused on three key subjects within her work: the nude, the working woman and country life. 96pp, 72 colour.