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Dame Laura Knight,D.B.E., R.E., R.A. 1877-1970.

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Gilding the Lily. 1926. Soft ground etching. Bolling/Withington 47. 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 (sheet 15 1/4 x 10). Edition 20 or 35 (both numbers are given on different proofs; this one annotated '35') plus trials. A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil. 2,000.

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The subject is probably the dancer, Vanda Edina, of whom the artist made a pen and ink drawing in 1924. At this time, Knight was becoming increasingly interested in the life - especially the back-stage life - of theatre and circus performers.

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