Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)

The Balcony, 6 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 1928, c.1941

SKU: 10984
Gouache on board, Signed ‘Jack Smith’, titled and dated on the reverse, with label from Matthiesen Ltd., London. 20 x 20 in. (51 x 51 cm)

Size:
Height – 71cm
Width – 61cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Mathieson; Mathew; The Collection of Matthew Rutenberg
Presentation:
framed
Exhibitied:
Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1949;Pittsburg, Carnegie Institute, Great Britain, November 1955, cat. no.175, where lent by Percy Julius Spencer;Reading, Reading Museum & Art Gallery, The Retrospective Exhibition of the work of Gilbert Spencer, 10th June – 15th July 1964, where lent by Mrs. H. P. Spencer; London, Fine Art Society, Unity Spencer, 24th March – 24th April 2015.

6 Downshire Hill in Hampstead was near the home of the Carline family at 47 Downshire Hill, with whom the Spencer brothers socialized a great deal. Gilbert Spencer describes this period in his later writings: ‘On summer evenings we had our meals on the terrace in the garden, which had a strong Continental feeling about it. Mrs Carline’s gardening was again of a highly individual kind. She sowed seeds as though she were feeding the birds….’

 

We are grateful to Carolyn Leder for her kind assistance

Disclaimer:
Liss Llewellyn are continually seeking to improve the quality of the information on their website. We actively undertake to post new and more accurate information on our stable of artists. We openly acknowledge the use of information from other sites including Wikipedia, artbiogs.co.uk and Tate.org and other public domains. We are grateful for the use of this information and we openly invite any comments on how to improve the accuracy of what we have posted.

THE ARTIST

Gilbert Spencer
Gilbert
Spencer
1892 - 1979

Painter, especially of landscapes, draughtsman, teacher and writer, and brother of the painter Stanley Spencer. Born at Cookham, Berkshire. Spencer studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, woodcarving at the Royal College of Art, 1911-12, then with Fred Brown and Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1913-20. Between 1915 and 1919 he served in the army. Spencer had his first one-man show at the Goupil Gallery in 1923; he also exhibited at the RA (he was elected RA in 1960), NEAC, (of which he was a member), Leicester Galleries, RSA, Redfern Gallery and many other venues. Although he produced notable wall paintings for Holywell Manor, Oxford, 1934-6, Spencer made his name as a landscape artist working mainly in the English southern counties. At various times he taught at the Royal College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Camberwell, serving meanwhile as an Official War Artist, 1940-3. His book Stanley Spencer appeared in 1961 and his autobiography, Memoirs of a Painter, in 1974. A retrospective exhibition was held at Reading in 1964. The Tate and many other public collections hold his work. He sometimes just signed his work GS. He lived in Hampstead and towards the end of his life near Reading, Berkshire.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Flower Show
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
A Sudden Return Home, 1946
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Balcony, 6 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 1928, c.1941
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for The Miller
£2,900
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Preliminary Study for New Arrivals, Sinai, 1917
£950
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Tennis – viewed from a gap in the trees, circa 1966
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Candlewick Curtains
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
God Creating the World, 1934
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Cookham Barns, 1925
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Ploughed Land, Garsington, c.1922
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Trees at Garsington, c.1922
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of Joyce Peters, 1920’s
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Man at a Sluice Gate on the Thames, 1932
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Aberdovey, 1953
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of a Glaswegian lady
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Two calves, 1930
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Late Self-Portrait
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of a Soldier, circa 1940
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Artist’s Daughter, Gillian
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Gehazi and Naaman, c. 1930
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for Composition with Three Children Seated in a Meadow, 1914
£8,750
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Goal, c. 1930
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Left…rapid…fire!
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Trench Digging
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Escaped Prisoner
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Enemy, circa 1942
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
I wish I wasn’t Home-Guarding Tonight
Private
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Parade Ground
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Home Guard Duties
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Bore: In ’15’
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
It’s orders
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of Doreen Harter, mid 1920’s
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Darling, what have you done with my battledress?, 1941
Private
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Shoeing ‘Orses
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Protective Covering
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Apples in a Basket circa 1913
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Hebridean Memory, 1951
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951
£9,500