Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979):
Winter landscape, possibly Cookham, 1919
Framed (ref: 5240)
Signed and dated 1919
Oil on panel, 10 x 12 in. (25.4 x 30.5 cm.)
Provenance: a gift from the artist to Mrs Millar, daughter of the Hampstead landlord where Spencer was lodging, circa 1920; thence by descent.
In a dark oak shallow wedge section frame with gilded inner slip.
This panel was painted directly from nature, and is typical of the artist's finest work en plein air. A possible identification for this panel is Sashes Island in Cookham where Gilbert was born and grew up. A painting of Sashes Island, dated 1919, is in the collection of Tate Britain (N06021)
Thirteen months younger than his more famous brother Stanley , Gilbert Spencer studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, the Royal College of Art (wood carving) 1911–12 and the Slade School of Fine Art (1913–15).
During the First World War, Gilbert served with the R.A.M.C. initially at the Beaufort Military Hospital in Bristol (with his brother Stanley, for a short while) in Thessalonice and the Eastern Mediterranean 1915–19. He returned to his studies at The Slade after the war (1919–20).