Artist biography

Steven SPURRIER 1878–1961

Painter, illustrator, and designer of posters and theatre décor. Born 13 July 1878 in London, son of a silversmith. An apprentice silversmith from the age of seventeen, he studied art at evening classes at Heatherley's and at the Gilbert Garrett School. Gave up silversmith's career in 1900 and began free-lance magazine illustration. Worked for Madame, and from 1902 to 1904 for Black and White; afterwards contributed regularly to The Graphic, Illustrated London News, Radio Times and many other journals. Served with the Military Intelligence and with the Admiralty on dazzle camouflage in the 1914–18 war. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1913. R.B.A. 1933, A.R.A. 1945, R.A. 1952. Author of Black and White 1910 and Illustration in Wash and Line 1933. An exhibition of his circus paintings and other subjects was held at the R.B.A. Galleries 1960. Died in St John's Wood, London, 12 March 1961.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II