Item #CL205-12 [Portrait Of A Bearded Man]. Percy Spence, 1868–1933 Aust.
[Portrait Of A Bearded Man]
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[Portrait Of A Bearded Man]

1888. Oil on canvas, signed and dated “’88” lower right, 50.7 x 38cm. Wear to edges of canvas.

Balmain-born Percy Spence “grew up in Fiji and began art classes in Sydney in about 1888. Spence built his reputation on black-and-white drawings for The Bulletin and other publications. He was a founding member of the Sydney Sketch Club of the Art Society of NSW, with which he exhibited. He was an accomplished portraitist; his portrait drawing of Robert Louis Stevenson, made while Spence was living with Streeton and Roberts at Balmoral, is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, as is his portrait of Phil May. In 1895 Spence moved to London, illustrating Ernest Favenc's Tales of Young Australia that year and going on to forge a successful career as an illustrator for magazines including The Graphic and Punch. Between 1878 and 1904 he made many portraits of politicians, which were subsequently engraved. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club and a well-regarded exhibitor at the Royal Academy.” Ref: National Portrait Gallery.

Spence painted this portrait at the beginning of his career, when he was about 20 years old.

Item #CL205-12

Price (AUD): $1,950.00  other currencies

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