Mary Ann Knight

(1776 - 1851)
Mary Ann Knight Robert Owen, 1771 - 1858. Pioneer socialist about 1800


The daughter of a wealthy London merchant, Knight trained with Andrew Plimer, who subsequently married her sister. Knight's surviving notebooks record some 696 miniatures which she painted between 1802 and 35 and sold at two to forty guineas each. She was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and her sketchbooks reveal an impressive range of sitters. She worked mainly in watercolour, although oil paintings by her are also known.