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20 November 2018
There are a dozen other Laura Knight paintings in the Sotheby’s December 13th sale, all rather wonderful. Tell Your Fortune, Lady? is undated and its provenance was unknown until it was first sold in Chicago in 1996. She ‘painted more than sixty pictures of the Gypsy women who told fortunes and sold handicrafts at the race meetings at Epsom and Ascot, from a makeshift studio in the back of a rented Rolls-Royce. The present picture depicts a scene behind a beer-tent at the races with one of the clairvoyants and her infant’ (Catalogue here).
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