N05607 P. J. SPENCER c. 1932
Inscr. on back, not by the artist, ‘Re Artists Brother [deleted] P. J. Spencer S. 38 [deleted] 1099.’
Pencil, 14×10 (35·5×25·5).
Purchased from the artist through Arthur Tooth & Sons (Knapping Fund) 1945.
Exh: Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1947 (88).
Repr: Picture Post, 8 April 1939, n.p.
A portrait drawing of Percy Julius Spencer, M.A., the fourth son and seventh child of William and Anne Spencer. Stanley was the tenth and youngest but one of the Spencer family (cf. Gilbert Spencer, Stanley Spencer, 1961, pp.11–12). The sitter told the compiler (9 November 1961 and letter of 26 November 1961) that to the best of his knowledge this portrait would have been drawn in the summer of 1932 when he was staying at Cookham, although he has no clear recollection of his brother having done this drawing and was never asked by him to sit for his portrait. The sitter was then forty-seven years of age. At the same time Stanley Spencer did a pencil portrait of his brother's small daughter, Pamela.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II