Work of the Week
WORK OF THE WEEK
Whilst the gallery remains closed Browse & Darby will feature a Work of the Week every Monday for you to enjoy. Each Work of the Week is available for sale so please email us if you would like further information.
23 – 30 November16 – 22 November 2020
ROBERT AMESBURY BROOKS (b.1964)
Corfe Castle, Dorset
oil on canvas
Robert Amesbury Brooks was a student of the Slade School of Art where he was taught by Euan Uglow, Patrick George and Lawrence Gowing. Brooks paints from life and from observation, most notably the landscape of Dorset. Corfe Castle, seen here in this painting, has been referred to as the artist’s muse; a loyal model in one of the most beautiful places in England, the Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The artist is captivated not only by the building’s form but also how it sits within the landscape both literally and historically.
23 – 30 November16 – 22 November 2020
SIR STANLEY SPENCER R.A. (1891-1959)
Late Youth, circa 1933
pencil on paper
23 x 18 inches
inscribed ‘Late youth’ (lower centre)
£9,000 + ARR
with Gillian Jason Gallery, London, where purchased by the previous owner’s father, circa 1980, and thence by descent
Stanley Spencer was born in Cookham, Berkshire in 1891. He studied at the Slade School of Art (1908-12) where he was taught by Henry Tonks and where his fellow students included Paul Nash, David Bomberg, and Dora Carrington. In 1912 Roger Fry included Spencer in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition and Spencer won a Slade Composition Prize. He also was shown in the first Contemporary Art Society Exhibition in 1913.
His painting was interrupted by World War Two, during which Spencer served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and later the Berkshire Regiment. His experience of war and death (especially the death of his elder brother) haunted him for the rest of his life and briefly stopped him painting.
Upon his return to civilian life Spencer moved back to Cookham, then to his friends, the Slessors. In the year that he spent with them, he painted around twenty pictures, and worked on a series for their private oratory. In 1925 he married Hilda Carline and the couple had two children together. In 1938, however, they were divorced and Spencer married Patricia Preece, Dorothy Hepworth’s partner.
The rest of Spencer’s career took him to chapels and memorials as well as to a commission for the War Artist’s Advisory Committee, during which he painted the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series. Spencer had a flair and liking for large, multi-figure works. In his later years he embarked on depictions of the Resurrection, and was awarded the CBE, as well as the title of Associate, then full Royal Academician. His works take in many themes and subjects, from the sexual to the religious, as well as the lives of working people.
Like many of Spencer’s drawings this has been squared for transfer. Late Youth is an excellent illustration of Spencer’s skilled draughtsmanship and confident use of shading within the fluid composition. On the reverse is also an unfinished sketch of bathers, possibly an experiment in preparation for the first picture he painted for his Church House, entitled Parents Resurrecting (1933), in which his parents emerge from their graves in Cookham churchyard to be welcomed by their descendants. Three young bathers in the foreground carry bathing costumes and towels while contemplating the scene, and in the lower right-hand corner a figure leaning forward with outstretched arm is highly redolent of the foreground figure in the present work.
9 – 15 November 2020
THOMAS LAMB (b.1978)
Trees in Autumn
oil on linen
90 x 110 cm
Thomas Lamb was born in 1978 in Lincolnshire and trained at Wimbledon School of Art. He was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship for Painting & Sculpture at the British School at Rome (2001-2003) and spent two years living and working in Italy where he was greatly influenced by the masters of the Italian Renaissance. In 2006 he won the Prince of Wales Bursary for the Arts, Athens and has subsequently exhibited in several group shows include Responding to Rome at the Estorick Collection of Modern Art, London.
Lamb’s landscapes draw from the Derbyshire countryside, where he now lives, and Japan, a country to which he feels a strong connection, but it is the space between perception and imagination, between what we see and what we feel and remember of a place, that the artist explores. His method of blending paint and pigment to produce a softening sfumato effect, and his muted palette of pinks, blues and greys, accentuate the dreamlike quality of his work.