Sir Stanley Spencer Mr Joe Buchanan, Charge Hand Blacksmith 1943–4

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Mr Joe Buchanan, Charge Hand Blacksmith
Date 1943–4
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 502 x 416 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05732
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05732 MR JOE BUCHANAN, CHARGE HAND BLACKSMITH 1943–4

Inscr. ‘Stanley Spencer.’ b.r., and on the back ‘Mr Joe Buchanan Charge hand, Blacksmith (once Full back for Celtic)’.
Pencil, 19 3/4×16 3/8 (50·25×41·5).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1947 (87).
Lit: Spencer, 1961, p.183.

The artist's brother recalls (loc. cit.) that Stanley Spencer stayed with Joe Buchanan and his wife at Port Glasgow whilst he was painting his shipyard pictures in 1943–4 (see also N05961). As the inscription on the back of the drawing records, the sitter was a blacksmith, employed in the shipyards, who used to play as full-back for Celtic Rangers Football Club.

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

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