Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.46.
Francis Howard Spear (1902-1979) was a printmaker and a stained glass artist who attended the Royal College of Art with Bawden, Ravilious in the mid 1920’s and later went onto teach at the School.
The V&A holds examples of his stained glass and a number of designs for stained glass, and his coloured lithographic print Horse Race.
Spear enjoyed finding the beauty in everyday object and everyday scenes. Haystacks were a frequent motif in Spear’s outdoor compositions – so much so that his friends called him ‘Haystacks Spear’.