Hilary Knight collection. Oversized lithograph on heavy art paper of Mr. Knight's 1964 oil painting of Eloise, Weenie, and Skipperdee in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel. The original, which hangs opposite the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel, was painted by Mr. Knight in 1964 after Princess Grace was dismayed to find the Plaza's original portrait of Eloise missing upon her visit. This print is signed by Mr. Knight below the painting. Circa 2000.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.