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Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979):
Self Portait, 1923
Unmounted (ref: 5889)
Signed, dated and inscribed: 'to Charles and Dorothy, Amberside 1941'
Pencil on paper on board
12 5/8 x 8 1/2 in. (32 x 21.6 cm)
This self portrait was given to Charles Mahoney and Dorothy Bishop on the occasion of the marriage in 1941.
After the bombing of London during the Second World War, in 1940, it was decided that the Royal College should be moved from London to Ambleside in The Lake District. The School of Paintings was taught by Gilbert Spencer, Percy Horton and Charles Mahoney. Thus the main Schools of Painting, Sculpture, Design and Engraving were allowed to continue through the War with P.H.Jowett as Principal.
In September 1941 Mahoney married Dorothy Bishop teacher of Calligraphy at the R.C.A in the Lake District.