Laura Knight: A Panoramic View presents an in-depth look at the career of the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970), bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections, including iconic works as well as rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume. She was in her lifetime one of England’s most prolific artists, a pioneering painter of women, war, and marginalised people with a long and successful career that saw her travel the world and break conventions. She was an official war artist during the Second World War and became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal  Academy in 1936, and was the first female artist to be appointed Dame of the British Empire.

Supported by a Research Continuity Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This project was made possible with Art Fund support.

Organised in co-operation with Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, part of a year of celebration of Laura Knight’s work including two exhibitions, each taking a separate focus on her career. Laura Knight: A Celebration was on at Penlee House Gallery & Museum 17 May – 16 September 2021.

Admission prices

Members: Free

Adult: £10.45 with Gift Aid / £9.50 standard

Concessions available, see details on website:

Photo credit: Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-Ring,1943, Oil on canvas, IWM. Photo courtesy IWM © Crown Copyright. IWM. All Rights Reserved