Francis Spear
(1902 - 1979)

Girl with Eye's Shut 1925

£1,050.00

SKU: 6508
Signed, and dated unique lithographic print, together with an uncoloured proof
slight foxing
8 3/4 x 8 in. each (22.3 x 20.2 cm); 40 x 62 overall

Size:
Height – 20.2cm
Width – 22.3cm

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

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.

We are grateful to Simon Spear for assistance.





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THE ARTIST

Spear, Francis

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).

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