Spencer Gore

Inez and Taki

1910

Artist
Spencer Gore 1878–1914
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 406 x 508 mm
frame: 608 x 710 x 52 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1948
Reference
N05859

Not on display

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The title of this picture is the name of a double act which Spencer Gore saw at the Alhambra Theatre of Varieties in Leicester Square. The couple are playing lyre guitars, instruments common in the early nineteenth century, but by this date an eccentric choice.

Gore was fascinated by the magic of the music hall, and frequently chose unexpected routines as subjects. The Alhambra, especially, was known for its spectacular ballets and acrobatic turns. Gore went to the theatre several times each week, and made sketches from his seat in the audience.

Gallery label, February 2004

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