Ruskin SPEAR b. 1911
Painter of portraits and the picaresque. Born 30 June 1911 in Hammersmith. Studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and later at the R.C.A. under Sir William Rothenstein 1931–4. Executed commissions for the War Artists' Advisory Committee and took part in the ‘Recording Britain’ scheme sponsored by the Pilgrim Trust 1940–5. Visiting teacher at the Central School 1945–8 and at the R.C.A. since 1948. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1932; A.R.A. 1944, R.A. 1954. Member of the London Group 1942, President 1949–50. Visited Russia July 1957 on the occasion of the exhibition in Moscow and Leningrad of British painting, Looking at People, in which he was represented.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II