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(Attributed to) Spencer Gore (1878-1914)   BIOGRAPHY

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Woman in front of a mirror
Framed (ref: 5344)

Stamped on verso by supplier, 'Kemp & Co, Victoria Street, SW1'
Oil on canvas, 18 x 14 1/2 in. (46 x 36 cm.)

 


 


In its original papier mache laurel knull gilded frame

The model for this painting would appear to be the same as the model for Gore's Nude on a bed, 1910 (Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery).



The papier mache frame is of a type known to have been  made by Nan Hudson and Ethel Sands. Hudson and Sands were invited by Sickert to join the Fitzroy Street Group in 1907, an invitation which reflected his eagerness to secure their financial assistance and social connections as well as his admiration of their artistic merits.

Spencer Frederick Gore was painter of landscapes, music-hall scenes and interiors, usually with single figures. In 1904 Albert Rutherston introduced him to Walter Sickert at Dieppe; and afterwards he associated in Fitzroy Street with Sickert, Lucien Pissarro, Harold Gilman and Charles Ginner, becoming in 1911 a co-founder and first president of the Camden Town Group.

His works show growing concern with pictorial construction, under the influence of the Post-Impressionists and espeically Pointillism. 

His work is rare on account of the fact that his career was cut short by his premature death - he  died of pneumonia in 1914, aged thirty-six.

We are grateful to Dr. Wendy Baron for assistance.

 



(Attributed to) Spencer Gore (1878-1914)

Spencer Frederick Gore (26 May 1878 25 March 1914) was a British painter of landscapes, music-hall scenes and interiors, usually with single figures. He was the first president of the Camden Town Group, and was influenced by the Post-Impressionists.

He was born on 26 May 1878 at Epsom in Surrey, the youngest of the four children of the Wimbledon tennis champion, Spencer Gore and his wife Amy Margaret (nee Smith). His father's brother was the theologian Charles Gore. His father sent him to board at Harrow School in London. He went on to study painting in London at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he was a contemporary of Harold Gilman.

In 1904 Albert Rutherston introduced him to Walter Sickert at Dieppe; and afterwards he associated in Fitzroy Street, London, with Sickert, Lucien Pissarro, Harold Gilman and Charles Ginner. In 1909 he became a member of the New English Art Club, and in 1910 contributed an article to The Art News on 'The Third London Salon of the Allied Artists Association'.

In 1911 he was a co-founder and first president of the Camden Town Group.

In January 1912 he married Mary Joanna ("Molly") Kerr, with whom he had two children - Margaret Elizabeth (1912-1994) and Frederick John Pym (1913-2009); the latter would become well known as the painter Frederick Gore.

In 1913 he became a member of the London Group.

His later works show growing concern with pictorial construction, under the influence of the Post-Impressionists. He experimented with colour in his works, as may be seen in his painting "Hartington Square".

He died of pneumonia at Richmond, Surrey, on 27 March 1914, aged thirty-six.

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