WILLIAM HENRY KNIGHT

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Knight gave up a career as a solicitor to become a painter. He came to London in 1845 and entered the Royal Academy Schools. At first he painted portraits before turning to genre subjects, often of children. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1846-62, and the British Institution and Royal Society of British Artists. His titles include ‘Boys Snowballing’, 1853, ‘The Young Naturalist’ 1857 and ‘The Lost Change’, 1859. He is particularly known for his pictures of children, and for the very high quality and finish of his pictures. His work is similar in spirit to that of F. D. Hardy and the Cranbrook Colony.

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