Harold Knight (1874-1961) was the son of a Nottingham, England architect who attended the well regarded art school in his home city. Near the end of his studies, he entered some academic male nude paintings in a contest and won the grand prize. This launched a very successful career as a portraitist, and as far as anyone can tell, he never painted nudes again, male or female. A conscientious objector, he was blacklisted during World War I, and his career hit the skids. After the war, however, it recovered, and he was deservedly made a full member of the Royal Academy.