William Henry KNIGHT
Born in Northfield, Birmingham, Knight studied at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art from the age of fifteen through till he was twenty-seven, when he departed as a tutor. He attended the Royal College of Art, Kensington, first as a student then as an assistant master in training for five years. He obtained twenty medals in various national competitions, and the College's Gold medal travelling scholarship. He went on to study in France and Italy before being appointed second master at Leeds School of Art.
The artist was invited by Princess Marie Louise to contribute a drawing for the Queen's Doll's House.
Knight moved on to be Headmaster at Northampton School of Art before coming to Penzance. Here he replaced John William ALLISON as Principal of the Penzance School of Art until 1915, when the School's parlous financial state forced an educational regime change. His wife was Alice Maud Mary Lyne, and the couple had one daughter, Nora Florence Knight. He remained in Penzance, residing at 11 Cornwall Terrace, until his wife's death in 1931, after which he returned to live with his family in Birmingham.