Art: Derbyshire Dame

Why modern England does not produce great painters was partly explained by England's greatest living woman painter this week when Dame Laura Knight, first and only full-fledged female member of the Royal Academy, published her autobiography in the U. S.*

Laura Johnson was born into a family of hard, violent Derbyshire folk who prospered in its lace industry. The women of Laura's family uniformly felt profound contempt for their husbands, and she grew up in a household of six women and an uncle. Her bitter great-grandmother, hearing of her husband's death, tried to...

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