London, South Kensington
15 November 2006
Humphrey Spender (1910-2005)
signed 'H.Spender' (lower left)
oil on board
10¾ x 13¾ in. (17.3 x 35 cm.)
Painted in 1940.
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London, Redfern Gallery, An Exhibition of British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, February - March 1986, no. 51.
Aldeburgh, Peter Pears Gallery, Festival Exhibition, June 2006, no. 27.
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