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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 90

    Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)

    Light at Eventide

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    Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)
    Light at Eventide
    signed 'C. SPENCELAYH.' (lower left, on the edge of the table)
    pencil and watercolour
    7 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (18.1 x 25.7 cm.)

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    Charles Spencelayh was born in Rochester in Kent on 26 October 1865,
    the son of an engineer and ironfounder. He studied painting at the
    South Kensington School, where he won a prize for a figure composition, and later he spent a period as an art student in Paris. He exhibited
    at the Royal Academy in 1892 and was in fact still exhibiting there
    until just before his death.

    Spencelayh is better known for his oil paintings, however there is no
    doubting his ability in the medium of watercolour. The present
    watercolour is perfect example of his skill at producing fine and
    detailed studies. An exhibition at James Green's Bond Street Gallery in 1957 lists no fewer than 116 works ranging in price from 30 to 5
    guineas. Although referred to as drawings, Spencelayh liked to use
    strong bright colouring similar to the tones of his oils.

    For two other works by the artist see lots 91 and 94.

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