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London Whelk Woman

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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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.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum


  • Date

    1961 or before

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    76 x 50.5 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1961


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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5QP England

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