Laura Knight and Ethel Bartlett


“Before I could speak or walk, I drew”

This is the third square of my London Faces Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements of the city in which I live. There are twenty-five squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.

Portrait of Ethel Bartlett (1896 – 1978), pianist. Born in London in 1896. Atkinson Art Gallery Collection.

Painted by Laura Knight (1877 – 1970), who has a blue plaque on her house in St. John’s Wood. In 1936 she became the third woman elected to the Royal Academy. In 1945 she asked to be sent to record The Nuremberg Trials.

The square is cut from a leaflet for the exhibition ‘Laura Knight: A Life In Portraits’, National Portrait Gallery, 2013. Brian Sewell said, “This shoddy little show is a disgrace”.


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