Spencer Gore

Mornington Crescent

1911

Not on display

Artist
Spencer Gore 1878–1914
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 × 762 mm
frame: 839 × 966 × 62 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Lady Henry Cavendish-Bentinck 1940
Reference
N05099

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From 1909 until 1912 Gore rented a front room at 31 Mornington Crescent in Camden. During this period he painted from his window numerous views of the surrounding houses, gardens and tube station.

Mornington Crescent faced leafy gardens until the Carreras Cigarette Factory was built on the site in 1926. Its fine curve marked the northern edge of the area conceived in outline by John Nash in the early nineteenth century. This area of north-west London is today home to millionaires, but in the early twentieth century its population was mainly working-class.

Gallery label, February 2004

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