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    Sale 5884

    20th Century British Art

    15 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    Ruskin Spear, R.A. (1911-1990)

    The Boileau Arms, Barnes

    Price Realised  


    Ruskin Spear, R.A. (1911-1990)
    The Boileau Arms, Barnes
    gouache and ink
    12¾ x 20½ in. (32.4 x 52.1 cm.)

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    Scottish and Newcastle Breweries commissioned Spear to create the present work and lot 53.

    Mary Spear writes about the present work: 'The Boileau is a landmark pub - just across Hammersmith Bridge. We (Rus and I) lived in a flat near the Bridge. Rus had not acquired a car and could not walk well (polio). So we often strolled along the river. Later he would use oils to sketch, but at this time I think he used a sketchbook and did the work at home' (private correspondence, April 2009).

    We are very grateful to the artist's widow, Mary Spear, for her assistance cataloguing lots 51 and 53.

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