Spencer Gore

The Gas Cooker

1913

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 730 x 368 mm
frame: 898 x 556 x 63 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1962
Reference
T00496

Display caption

Gore was, with Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman, a member of the Camden Town Group. Following his marriage to Mollie Kerr in 1912 he moved into a first floor flat in Houghton Place, behind Mornington Crescent underground station. Here he shows Mollie in the kitchen of this flat, preparing dinner over the gas cooker.

In common with many of his contemporaries, Gore sees an unremarkable interior and mundane domestic chores as subjects worthy of serious art, and invests them with a quiet intensity.

Gallery label, August 2004

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