20th Century British Art

Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979)

Painter, especially of landscapes, draughtsman, teacher and writer, and brother of the painter Stanley Spencer. Born at Cookham, Berkshire. Spencer studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, woodcarving at the Royal College of Art, 1911-12, then with Fred Brown and Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1913-20. Between 1915 and 1919 he served in the army. Spencer had his first one-man show at the Goupil Gallery in 1923; he also exhibited at the RA (he was elected RA in 1960), NEAC, (of which he was a member), Leicester Galleries, RSA, Redfern Gallery and many other venues. Although he produced notable wall paintings for Holywell Manor, Oxford, 1934-6, Spencer made his name as a landscape artist working mainly in the English southern counties. At various times he taught at the Royal College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Camberwell, serving meanwhile as an Official War Artist, 1940-3. His book Stanley Spencer appeared in 1961 and his autobiography, Memoirs of a Painter, in 1974. A retrospective exhibition was held at Reading in 1964. The Tate and many other public collections hold his work. He sometimes just signed his work GS. He lived in Hampstead and towards the end of his life near Reading, Berkshire.

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Artist Gilbert Spencer: Aberdovey

Gilbert Spencer
Aberdovey 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Portrait of RJA, 1951

Gilbert Spencer
Portrait of RJA, 1951
£975
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Apples in a Basket circa 1913

Gilbert Spencer
Apples in a Basket circa 1913
£8500
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Three Things

Gilbert Spencer
Three Things
£220
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Darling, what have you done with my battledress?, 1941

Gilbert Spencer
DarlingFor sale 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Portrait of a Glaswegian lady

Gilbert Spencer
Portrait of a Glaswegian ladySold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: The Swedish Girl

Gilbert Spencer
The Swedish GirlSold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: The Goal, c. 1930

Gilbert Spencer
The Goal, c. 1930Sold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951

Gilbert Spencer
Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951Sold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Portrait of a young girl

Gilbert Spencer
Portrait of a young girlSold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Self Portait, 1923

Gilbert Spencer
Self Portait, 1923Sold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Hebridean Memory, 1951

Gilbert Spencer
Hebridean Memory, 1951Sold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951

Gilbert Spencer
Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951Sold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Winter landscape, possibly Cookham, 1919

Gilbert Spencer
Winter landscapeSold 
Artist Gilbert Spencer: On Bakewell Bridge, 1950s

Gilbert Spencer
On Bakewell Bridge, 1950sSold