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The artist was born in Hammersmith in London. He was disabled by polio as a child but at the age of 15 he won a scholarship to the local School of Art. Many of his paintings are of the streets and pubs in the working class areas in which he had grown up. He painted in the controlled, realist style of Sickert whose work he admired. Spear was a skilled portrait painter with the ability to relate to his sitters.
1961 or before
oil on canvas
76 x 50.5 cm