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

Mr. Hollingberry's Canary

Details
Ruskin Spear, R.A. (1911-1990)
Mr. Hollingberry's Canary
oil on canvas
54 x 25 in. (137.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1963.
Provenance
Purchased by the present owner's mother from a gallery in Berkeley, CA, circa 1961-1962.
Special notice

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.

Lot Essay

'The setting for this painting is the Hampshire Hog, King Street, Hammersmith. According to the artist, the landlord, Mr. Hollingberry, used to hang the canary over the bar to test the state of the air' (M. Levy, Ruskin Spear, London, 1985, p. 39).

Another version of the present work was exhibited: London, Royal Academy, 1963; London, Tate Gallery, Jubilee Exhibition of the London Group 1914-1964, 1964. London, Royal Academy, Royal Academy Retrospective Exhibition, 1980.
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