AN octogenarian who visited the Harrogate Antique Fair got a surprise when she discovered a painting on display of herself as a young ice skater.
The Ice Dancer – painted by renowned artist Dame Laura Knight in 1944 – was one of the first items 83-year-old Anne Rogers saw when she entered the event at the Harrogate International Centre where Harrogate-based Walker Galleries was exhibiting the picture.
The business’ directors, Ian and Shirley Walker, said they were delighted to meet Anne and learn about the story behind the picture painted 67 years ago.
Anne was born in Huddersfield but moved to London at the age of seven where she learnt to ice skate.
At the age of 14 she turned professional and skated in Blackpool for three seasons and it was in the coastal resort that Dame Laura captured the 16-year-old Anne performing.
Anne would go on to further success with her career taking her to many parts of the world following the end of the Second World War.
And the painting would have its own success too when it was among a series of works by Dame Laura featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the first ever retrospective the institution devoted to a female artist.