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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)

    Fragments of a Self-Portrait

    Price Realised  


    Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
    Fragments of a Self-Portrait
    dated 'Jan 8 1913' (lower left)
    brown ink
    11¼ x 7¾ in. (28.5 x 19.7 cm.)

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    This study is related to two pen and ink self-portraits made by Spencer in 1913 culminating in the oil Self-Portrait (Bell no. 17, Tate London) (fig. 1) painted in Cookham and completed in 1914. The present drawing differs from the other two ink drawings in being composed of fragments - hands and a portion of the face - while the other two show the whole head. The inclusion of the hands in the drawing may suggest that Spencer at one time contemplated a half-length oil self-portrait rather than the present head and shoulders composition of the Tate painting. Spencer recorded his first self-portrait Head in 1910 (Tate Spencer Archives, 733.3.1) and continued to use himself as a subject of both drawings and painting for the rest of his life. He learned the pen and ink technique with its use of heavy cross-hatching, similar to that of Old Master drawings, at the Slade School.

    We are very grateful to Professor Keith Bell for preparing the catalogue entries for lots 114-117.

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    Acquired from James Kirkman, London.