Catalogue entry


Not inscribed
Oil on canvas, 14×12 (35.5×30.5)
Chantrey Purchase 1975
Coll: The artist; New Grafton Gallery
Exh: Gilbert Spencer, Reading Museum and Art Gallery, June–July 1964 (28); Fine Art Society, July 1974 (18, repr.); English Painting 1900–1940, New Grafton Gallery, October–November 1975 (37); Royal Academy of Arts, May–September 1976 (301)
Repr. Royal Academy of Arts Illustrated 1976

Between 1925–29 Gilbert Spencer lived more or less continuously with the Carline family at 47 Downshire Hill, Hampstead. (Stanley had married Hilda Carline in 1925). According to Richard Carline, he painted this ‘Self-Portrait’ in the ground floor living room which he occupied as a bedroom.

Although the artist has made many portraits, he has always preferred to paint himself, commenting that to do so was to avoid the feeling of nervousness, as well as the cost of a ‘sitter’.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978