Laura Knight

A Box at the Theatre

1923
It is clear from Knight's autobiography that all aspects of the theatre, both on and off the stage, captivated her imagination: "While the rest of the show was on, I drew everything: the proscenium, the house, the performers. I then got a knowledge of the construction of it all, and the lighting effects: the reflection from the stage on to the gilded cupids and flamboyant ornament of the boxes; the blackish richness of the red plush curtains, the shadow inside forming a background for the light flesh of women's bare necks and arms, the white gloves and men's waistcoats and shirt-fronts..."
Artist
Title
A Box at the Theatre
Date
1923
Medium
Print
Materials
etching on laid paper
Dimensions
23 x 25.1 cm; plate: 12.6 x 17.7 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of the American Friends of Canada Committee, Inc., 1999, through the generosity of G. Fredric Bolling and Valerie A. Withington, Detroit
Accession number
40887