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    Sale 7729

    20th Century British Art

    21 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914)

    Camden Town Nude

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    Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914)
    Camden Town Nude
    signed with initials 'FG' (lower right)
    oil on canvas laid on board
    20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
    Painted circa 1908-09.

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    Gore painted this corner of his room repeatedly; for other examples see The Bedroom (Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario), The Toilet (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and The Blue Petticoat (Aberdeen Art Gallery). The fact that it is initialled, rather than bearing the studio stamp, suggests that it was sold (or given to a friend) within Gore's lifetime.

    The former owner of the present work, Australian newspaper proprietor Sir Keith Murdoch (1885-1952), was the father of Rupert Murdoch (b. 1931).

    We are very grateful to Dr Wendy Baron for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    J.W. Freshfield.
    Sir Keith Murdoch; sold from his collection in 1953, where purchased by Robert Haines.
    with Redfern Gallery, London, September 1957, where purchased by Gerald Griffith.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the estate of Joan Griffith (née Seddon)


    French and English Contemporary Art, Herald Exhibition, 1939, catalogue not traced.
    Melbourne, Town Hall, Exhibition of Modern European Paintings and Sculpture, 1949, catalogue not traced.