Spencer Gore

North London Girl


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Spencer Gore 1878–1914
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 762 × 610 mm
frame: 814 × 712 × 102 mm
Bequeathed by J.W. Freshfield 1955

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The Camden Town Group held regular gatherings on Saturday afternoons at rooms Sickert had rented in Fitzroy Street. Here patrons were shown new works, given tea and invited to buy paintings. Gore's portrait is of the woman who served the tea on these occasions and kept the rooms tidy. Although perhaps best known for his landscapes, urban scenes and theatre pictures, Gore was a gifted and sensitive portraitist, although he never undertook formal commissions. Here he pays as much attention to the textures, patterns and colours of his sitter's clothes and her surroundings as he does to her face.

Gallery label, September 2004

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