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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Painter Harold Knight lived here
Artist Harold Knight lived and painted here.
Location: 16 Langford Place, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
Description: The artist Harold Knight (1874-1961)lived here in his latter years with his wife Dame Laura Knight.
Harold was born in Nottingham and studied at the Nottingham School of Art where he met his wife to be Laura Johnson (1877- 1970). He continued his studies at the Royal College of Art and then in Paris under Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant, a conventional academic training.
However, following his return to England he and Laura painted in the Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes, where a colony of artists worked from the 1880's. On their return to London the Knights moved to St. Johns Wood.
Harold Knight was elected A.R.A. in 1928 and R.A. in 1937, portraits dominating his exhibited works from 1930 until his death in 1961.
His works can be found in museums in Penzance, Penlee Art Museum; Nottingham, Castle Museum; Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery; slackpool and Merthyr Tydfil.
Harold Knight died at the Colwall Park Hotel in Colwall, Herefordshire in 1961.