A.K. Lawrence was a painter, muralist, and draughtsman, born in Lewes, Sussex. He studied at King Edward VII School of Art in Newcastle upon Tyne under Richard Hatton, at the Royal College of Art with William Rothenstein, and then in Italy as a Prix de Rome winner, 1923. Elected RA in 1938.
Lawrence was a fine figure painter, and a Royal Academy stalwart for many years, his work having a strong underlying draughtsmanship. In addition to his wartime work, he is perhaps best known for his chalk and charcoal studies of female sitters, often with colourful highlights. Another example from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum may be seen below.