Gilbert Spencer - Works on Paper

Gilbert Spencer - Works on Paper

“I, as you know, always have my little prayer mat in my hand ready to prostrate myself before everything I have seen of yours” – Stanley Spencer on Gilbert, Gilbert Spencer’s Memoirs, p. 138

To coincide with our Gilbert Spencer exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Liss Llewellyn is delighted to present a special online campaign dedicated to the artist’s works on paper. Spencer was a consummate draughtsman. He cut his teeth at the Slade School in the 1910’s, honing his craft under the punishing demands of Sir Henry Tonks who instilled in Spencer the belief that ‘to do a bad drawing was like living with a lie’. But Gilbert was a decorated student, and works in this exhibition attest to the various prizes he won during his study, not least in the feted Summer Competition Prize, where he was awarded joint first prize in 1914 for a large, Florentine-inspired view of Marsh Meadows in Cookham, entitled Summer (now in the collection of the UCL Art Museum). An important preparatory study for this painting is featured as part of this show.

War interrupted his studies, and Spencer was drafted to the Macedonian front, serving in Salonika, the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt, where he became an Official War Artist. This exhibition includes works from his time in Sinai – a preliminary sketch of a ward sister for his WWI masterpiece, New Arrivals – as well as a group of large, witty watercolours from his service as a subsection leader with the Grasmere Home Guard. Furthermore, the exhibition contains works from Spencer’s time as a department head at the Glasgow School of Art, and studies for the artist’s most celebrated postwar work, Hebridean Memory, which was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for Bedroom Scene, c. 1930
£8,750
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Hebridean Farm, 1951
£7,950
Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959)
Portrait of Gilbert
£3,500
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Interior, 1927
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Preliminary Study for New Arrivals, Sinai, 1917
£950
On Loan
Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959)
Portrait of Gilbert
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Two calves, 1930
£4,950
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Artist’s Daughter, Gillian
£2,500
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Late Self-Portrait
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of a Soldier, circa 1940
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for Composition with Three Children Seated in a Meadow, 1914
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Trench Digging
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Darling, what have you done with my battledress?, 1941
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Shoeing ‘Orses
On Loan
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Protective Covering
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951
£9,750