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Spencer, Gilbert

(1892 – 1979)

Aberdovey, 1953

Oil on canvas
35 1/2 x 73 in. (90 x 186 cm.)

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Gilbert Spencer; Gillian Spencer; thence by descent; Private Collection
Provenance: The Artist’s Family, since 1953
Exhibited: Fifty Years of British Art, Golden Jubilee Exhibition, Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford, 1954
In format, the work is similar to Spencer’s Hebridean Memory (1951), painted for the Festival of Britain’s ‘Sixty Paintings for 51’. It also bears stylistic comparison to The Progress of Husbandy (1964, Tate)

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THE ARTIST

Spencer, Gilbert

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.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Gilbert Spencer
Tennis – viewed from a gap in the trees, circa 1966
£2,750.00