Spencer Gore (artist)

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Self-portrait
Hartington Square

Spencer Frederick Gore (26 May 1878 – 27 March 1914)[1] 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,[2] and was influenced by the Post-Impressionists.

Early years[edit]

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 (née 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.

Painting career[edit]

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. His widow died at Meopham, Kent in 1968.[3]

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.

Gore painted a series of thirty-two landscapes in Richmond Park during the last months of his life.[4] His painting From a Window in Cambrian Road, Richmond[1] shows the view from a top-floor window at the rear of 6 Cambrian Road, near the park's Cambrian Gate entrance, where he and his family moved to in 1913.[5][6] This may be the last picture Gore worked on before his death.[6] According to Tate curator Helena Bonett, Gore's early death from pneumonia, two months before what would have been his 36th birthday, was brought on by his painting outdoors in Richmond Park in the cold and wet winter months.[7]

Gore's painting Richmond Park, thought to have been painted in the autumn of 1913 or shortly before the artist's death in March 1914, was exhibited at the Paterson and Carfax Gallery[8] in 1920. In 1939 it was exhibited in Warsaw, Helsingfors and Stockholm by the British Council as Group of Trees.[9] It is now in the collection of the Tate Gallery under its original title but is not currently on display.[9] It is not certain where in the park the picture was made but a row of trees close to the pond near Cambrian Gate has a very close resemblance to those in the painting.[5] Another Gore painting, with the same title (Richmond Park), painted in 1914, is at the Ashmolean Museum. His painting Wood in Richmond Park is in the Birmingham Art Gallery's collection.[10]

He died at Richmond, Surrey, on 27 March 1914, aged 35.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Robert Upstone, Modern Painters: The Camden Town Group, exhibition catalogue, Tate Britain, London, 2008. ISBN 1-85437-781-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spalding, Frances, "Spencer Gore", Oxford Art Online
  2. ^ Bonett, Helena, "Spencer Gore 1878–1914", artist biography, September 2009, in Bonett, Helena; Holt, Ysanne; Mundy, Jennifer (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/spencer-gore-r1105355, accessed 1 December 2014
  3. ^ www.thePeerage.com
  4. ^ "Richmond Park by Spencer Gore". Your paintings: Uncovering the nation's art collection. BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Upstone (May 2009). "Spencer Gore: Richmond Park c.1914". The Camden Town Group in Context. Tate Gallery. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Robert Upstone (May 2009). "Spencer Gore: From a Window in Cambrian Road, Richmond 1913". The Camden Town Group in Context. Tate Gallery. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Helena Bonett (September 2009). "Spencer Gore 1878–1914". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Carfax Gallery". Artist Biographies: British and Irish Artists of the 20th Century. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Spencer Gore: Richmond Park c.1914". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wood in Richmond Park by Spencer Gore". Your paintings: Uncovering the nation's art collection. BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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