Spencer, Gilbert

(1892 – 1979)

Trees at Garsington, mid 1920's

Oil on canvas

Signed

17 3/4 x 25 in. (45 x 65 cm)

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Christie’s London, British and Irish Traditionalist and Modernist Paintings, 3 & 4 March 1988, lot 220; Private collection.

Exhibited: Fine Art Society, London, Gilbert Spencer, July 1974, no.15. Fine Art Society, London, Men and Memories, 1972, no.118. Royal Academy, London, Gilbert Spencer Memorial, 1979.

In 1922 Spencer started teaching at  The Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford). and Lady Ottoline Morrell, with whom Spencer was friendly since before the war, found him a room in the village of Garsington near Oxford. Morrell offered him easy access to her own house, Garsington Manor, which was frequented by many illustrious guests including the Bloomsbury set.  While living there, Spencer painted Trees at Garsington (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), Garsington Roofs and The Sheep Fold at Upper Farm which are described by  Catherine Martineau as having a characteristic directness of line and clarity of colour.

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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