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During the Second World War Spencer was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1940 to document life in the shipyards on the River Clyde in Port Glasgow. Spencer's dealer, Dudley Tooth, had approached the committee to ask if Spencer could be found a job as sales of his work had slumped due to the war and he was in danger of becoming destitute. In Glasgow Spencer found lodgings at the Glencairn boarding house where this picture was painted.
oil on canvas
H 50.8 x W 76.2 cm
purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons, 1950