This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at Dulwich Picture Gallery

The first major retrospective of the artist's work reunites all of her completed paintings for the first time since their creation.

Five years in Rome introduced Knights to the work of the Italian Quattrocentro artists, and their flattened perspectives, low-toned colours and frieze like compositions would become features in her own paintings. Yet Knights never simply imitated, and instead would draw on her own experiences – from the traumatic Silvertown Explosion she witnessed during the First World War to her ongoing struggle for female empowerment – to enrich her art. In fact her work was often so personal that she would portray herself as the protagonist, modelling secondary figures on friends and family from her inner circle.

Slade School trained, Knights attention to detail was meticulous; she would spend hours painstakingly producing observational life drawings before she began to paint. On display are 120 prepartory studies, illustrations and portraits that showcase her extraordinary practice.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Road, London, Greater London, SE21 7AD



Opening times

Weds - Sun, 10am – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm) Monday, Tuesday Closed (except Bank Holiday Mondays) Open on Bank Holidays, 10am – 5pm.

With a National Art Pass you get

Free entry and 50% off exhibitions
Standard entry price

Price displayed is based on a standard venue entry price. Prices may vary according to ticket type and entry day/time.

Price correct at time of publication.

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass

Exhibitions and events at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top