Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)

Girl with Eye’s Shut 1925


SKU: 7913
Coloured lithographic proof

Height – 28cm
Width – 25.4cm

1 in stock


Simon Spear, the artist’s son


Exhibited The Senefelder Club

XVII Annual Exhibition of Lithographs by Modern Artists, April-May 1927.

This lithograph was produced in an edition of four and priced at three pounds when exhibited in 1927 at The Senefelder Club under the title Portrait.

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Francis Spear
1902 - 1979

Francis Howard Spear was born on 22nd December 1902 in South Norwood, south London.

He attended the LCC School of Arts and Crafts (which became the Central School of Arts and Design), he successfully passed Parts 1 and 2 of the Board of Education’s Examination in Industrial Design, specialising in stained glass in 1923.
While studying at the Central School in 1922, he became pupil-assistant to Martin Travers, the leading English practitioner of stained glass.

Spear won a National Scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1923, with a chosen specialism stained glass.

Francis Spear is an important, though not now well-know, figure in twentieth century English stained glass. His working career covers 50 years, from 1922 when he began working with Martin Travers, to 1972, when he ceased teaching at Reigate School of Art. Spear taught John Piper lithography.

During his career, he designed some notable windows, and a short list would include his earliest window, at Warwick School (1925), St. Olave’s in the City (1929), Snaith (1936), Beckenham (1948), Canterbury (1949), Glasgow Cathedral (1951, 1953, 1958), Highbury (1955), Westgate (1960) and Penarth (1962).


Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Horse Race, 1934
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Poster The Insect Play, The Strand Theatre, circa 1926
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Self-portrait, Sketching
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Self-portrait with Round Spectacles
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Saint Michael Killing Satan
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Self-portrait in a Large Brimmed Black Hat, c.1930
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Martyr Soldier, 1941
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
St. George and the Dragon, 1941
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Christ Derided, Nov 1942
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Design for Stained Glass Window, 1932
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
The artist’s Mother sewing
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
The Artist’s Boots, 1932
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Discarded shoes, circa 1925
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
RCA Sketch ‘The Little Manor Farm’
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Woman scrubbing doorstep, 1924