Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Elevenses, Charles Spencelayh

Looking for something else entirely, I came across this painting yesterday and immediately thought, "I know that artist," although the name escaped me. But then I remembered seeing this at the Harris Gallery, Preston. A critic once described Spencelayh as a painter of old codgers, which seems exactly right - but he's a dab hand too at loaves of bread and everyday china. It's not what I'd spend £67,000 on    but I do enjoy all the clutter and detail.

8 comments:

elaine said...

I have never heard of this artist - but, like you, I love all the details in the room - it feels as if it a real room and not staged. I shall look up some more of his paintings. Thanks.

mary said...

Glad you liked him, Elaine. Strange name, isn't it? Looks like a spelling mistake!

callmemadam said...

Thanks for posting the picture, which I'd never seen before. I love The Light of the World being so obvious on the back wall. It tells you a lot about the subject.

Sue said...

I love the one of an old codger peeling spuds, and yes it does look like a spelling mistake.

Toffeeapple said...

I have never heard of him either, but he is well worth seeking out I think. Imagine having to dust all those 'things'!

mary said...

Do you think it's his house or hers, Callmemadam? I wondered if he's just visiting - is that his hat on the windowledge? Hard to make out.

I'm so envying your birthday picture, Sue. What a great present.

And all covered in coal dust, Toffeeapple.

galant said...

The paintings of Charles Spencelayh. My mother 'introduced' me to his work and I absolutely love it. I recall her telling me that one of his paintings shows the window of an antiques' shop and Spencelayh apparently received letters asking him about the pieces on display. I have a book about him by Aubrey Noakes and can recommend it. I love this kind of realism in paintings and he specialised in old codgers (and why not?)
Margaret P

mary said...

Why not, indeed, Margaret.