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Print - Dressing Room No. 1
  • Dressing Room No. 1
    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970
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Dressing Room No. 1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1923 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 167, box A

Laura Knight made many paintings, drawings and subsequent prints of scenes showing dancers and theatrical subjects, many of them views behind the scenes. This print is based on the painting Prima ballerina and dresser exhibited at the Alpine Club, London, in 1922, but with the composition reversed. The figure in the foreground is Lydia Lopokova (a principal dancer with Diaghilev's 'Ballets Russes'). She is wearing the striped drawers designed by Alexandre Benois as part of the costume for the dancer in Stravinsky's ballet Petruska.The dresser in the background is sewing or perhaps mending the dancer's dress.

Physical description

View of an interior with a woman in the background, seen in profile, sewing a flounced dress or petticoat. In the foreground is a seated woman, with her head turned towards the woamn sewing. She is dressed only in a cap with frilled or lace trim, a bra, striped pantaloons and slippers.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


1923 (made)


Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint

Marks and inscriptions

Laura Knight
Signed in pencil


Height: 15 cm, Width: 19.8 cm

Descriptive line

Laura Knight, 'Dressing Room No. 1', aquatint.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilcox, Timothy. Laura Knight at the Theatre. Paintings and Drawings of the Ballet and the Stage London: Unicorn press, 2008. ISBN: 978 0 906290 91 0.
Bolling, G. Frederic. The Graphic Work of Dame Laura Knight: Including a Catalogue Raisonne of her Prints. Aldershot: Scolar Pressm 1993, Cat. 4, p. 32, 102.
Knight, Laura. Oil Paint and Grease Paint. London: Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1936.
Knight, Laura. The Magic of a Line. London: William Kimber, 1965.

Labels and date

This print by Laura Knight is based on her painting Prima Ballerina and Dresser. It features Lydia Lopokova, the Ballets Russes principal dancer. In her autobiography Knight said of the picture: 'Everything was glorious to paint; the contrast between the black-clothed dresser and the artificial brilliance … even the old red-plush armchair'. Lopokova wears striped drawers designed by Alexandre Benois for Stravinsky's ballet Petruska. [November 2010]

Subjects depicted

Dancer; Dressing rooms


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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