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Harold Knight (1874–1961) born in Nottingham, the son of an architect, and studied at Nottingham School of Art under Wilson Foster. It was at the School of Art that he met his future wife, Laura Johnson, who he married in 1903.

Probably largely remembered, unfairly, for being the husband of Laura Knight(later Dame Laura) who achieved greater public renown.

After spending time in Paris and then at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast, Harold Knight moved to Newlyn, with Laura, in 1907 where they became part of the famous Newlyn Group.

During the First World War, Knight’s principles led him to be a conscientious objector, which earned him the rebuke of many of his colleagues and former friends, and put a strain on his physical and mental health as he was forced to work as a farm labourer. When the War ended, he and Laura moved to London, although they frequently returned to Cornwall to paint.



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