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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 515


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    Portrait of John Walter Spurrier, the artist's father, seated-three-quarter-length, in a green coat and red waistcoat
    signed 'STEVEN/SPURRIER (lower left) and inscribed 'Portrait of my father' (on the stretcher) and 'John Walter Spurrier/March 1924/Born' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    50¼ x 40 in. (127.5 x 101.5 cm.)

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    Steven Spurrier was an illustrator working for magazines such as The Graphic, Illustrated London News and the Radio Times. His paintings were also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1913 onwards. Some of his most memorable works are those with circus themes and subjects which recall the dynamic compositions of Degas' circus works produced in Paris toward the end of the 19th century. Spurrier was initially trained as an apprentice to his father, John Walter Spurrier, an eminent silversmith, who is shown here seated, possibly returning from a hunt.

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    Amsterdam, English Exhibition, April 1933.