10 December 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 11,250
Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)
His Sunday best
signed 'C. SPENCELAYH.' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour
6¼ x 5½ in. (15.9 x 14 cm.)
New York +1 212 636 2000
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Narrative painting was still hugely popular when Spencelayh began his career, and it clearly had a powerful influence on his own approach to painting. As stated by The Times on 6 April 1957, his elaborately detailed compositions were enjoyed both for 'the skill with which he coordinates the detail' and 'the character and salty humour'.
For further information on the artist see lot 73.
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with Richard Green, London.
Specialist Tom Rooth recounts the troubling story of the 19th-century artist who created his most famous works from an asylum
Specialist Sarah Reynolds reveals how a chance encounter in a charity shop could now be about to pay off handsomely