Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gilbert Spencer

Artist: Gilbert Spencer.
We now swing back to another Cookham Artist who chose to live elsewhere so as not to be in his famous elder brothers shadow, which is very difficult as most younger brothers attest to. This was the case of young Gilbert Spencer. His art training followed closely that of his brother Stanley, which included a short period at the Slade School of Art.

He also followed his brother into the RAMC in the First World War, and also did quite a few sketches of his experiences in Mesopotamia.

The Crucifiction (1915).

As you can see in his early painting of “The Crucifixion”, his work resembles very closely that of his brother, maybe it was the Slade School influence at that time, I have no idea, but I can see why he wanted to be away doing his own thing. It was painted in a meadow in Cookham in 1915 before being called up to serve in the First World War. Mind you he did not complete all the Slade School courses with Fred Brown and Henry Tonks as the war interrupted his studies. His earlier studies were with Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, and wood carving at the Royal College of Art, 1911-12.

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