Harold Knight was born in Nottingham UK. He attended the Nottingham Art School under the tutelage of William Foster. His recognizable talent was rewarded with a silver medal Prince of Wales in 1894 - he was also bestowed with a scholarship to continue his studies at the famed Academie Julian the progressive, private studio school for art students. Unlike the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Academie Julian welcomed women to participate in the same studies as men, including the basis of art training at the time, drawing and painting of nude models, which was considered improper for women.
Together with his wife (and equally esteemed) painter Laura Knight, the couple moved to the Staithes Artist Colony on the Yorkshire coast where the art was characteristically of free brushwork in a bright Impressionist palette. During this important period in the artists development, Harold Knight painted the daily activities of local Staithes fisherman and their families.
Both Laura and Harold would eventually leave and settle albeit briefly in Lamorna, Cornwall where they became active painters of the Lamorna Group (a group which included artists Alfred Munnings and Samuela Lamorna-Birch). After WWI they returned to London where Harold would be invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1928. There he exhibited some 185 works and together with Laura would be remembered as an impressive and powerful force in 20th century art.