Watercolour and charcoal; signed.
13.5 x 9.25 inches
Knight, famous for her impressionist paintings, was a superb draughtswoman and portraitist. In 1936 she became the first female artist to be elected RA since its foundation in 1768. She was particularly interested in painting people on the margins of society (for example, gypsies and circus performers), and in 1927 she and her husband visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, at the invitation of her friend Dr William Baer, where she painted studies of some of the African-American children who were his patients. In a 1927 interview with The New York Times, she said: ‘To the artist there is a whole world of beauty which ought to be explored in negro life in America’.