Ethel Bartlett (1926). Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970). Oil on canvas. Sefton MBC Leisure Services Department, Arts and Cultural Services, Atkinson Art Gallery.
Although very much in the tradition of Realist painting, Knight ventures further, catching a sudden change of mood or expression in her sitter. Typical is her 1926 profile of the pianist Ethel Barlett, caught in mid-conversation, lips pursed, one hand grasping the other.