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Ruskin Spear
© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Ruskin Spear 1982

Ruskin Spear (1911–1990)

National Portrait Gallery, London

British painter, born in Hammersmith, London, the son of a coach-painter. He studied at Hammersmith School of Art, 1926–30, and the *Royal College of Art, 1931–4, and subsequently taught at various art schools, notably the RCA, where he was a tutor from 1948 to 1977. During the Second World War (when he was exempt from military service because of the after-effects of childhood polio) he took part in the ‘Recording Britain’ scheme (at this time he also played in various bands—he was an accomplished jazz pianist).

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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