Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)

Tennis – viewed from a gap in the trees, circa 1966

SKU: 10576


Squared and inscribed with title and notes in the margins the ‘Earlier larger version’ of this composition was not successful.  It is unclear if the reference Painted 1966, R.A. 1966, refers to this version


Height – 23cm x Width – 18cm


The Artist’s Estate

According to an inscription in margins the ‘Earlier larger version’ of this composition was not successful.  It is unclear if the inscription ‘Painted 1966, R.A. 1966’, refers to this version or the earlier ‘failed’ version.  Spencers interest in tennis is documented in Richard Carline’s  ‘Pairing up for tennis’ in which the young Gilbert is portrayed with his sister Hilda Carline

Spencer was elected an Associate Royal Academician (A.R.A) in 1950 and a full member in 1959. He temporarily resigned his membership of the Royal Academy in 1968, before rejoining in 1971. He exhibited widely during his lifetime and examples of his work are held in major public and private collections, including the Tate Gallery and the Royal Academy.

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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.


SKU: 9279

Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)

Portrait of RJA, 1951


SKU: 9252

Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)

The Artist’s Daughter, Gillian