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The Buttonhole by Charles Spencelayh

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The Buttonhole by Charles Spencelayh

Key Features

  • Charles Spencelayh possessed a gift for expressing the sensibility of his everyday subjects
  • His meticulous attention to detail remains unsurpassed
  • Spencelayh's paintings were exhibited at venues such as the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon
  • Signed "C.SPENCELAYH" (lower left)
  • Canvas: 15 1/2" high x 11 3/4" wide; Frame: 25 3/4" high x 21 3/8" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 11 3/4; F: 21 3/8 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 15 1/2; F: 25 3/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
  • Artist:
    Spencelayh, Charles
Charles Spencelayh
1865-1958 British

The Buttonhole

Signed "C.SPENCELAYH" (lower left); inscribed "This Drawing was accepted into the Royal Academy but crowded out for want of space" on a label attached to the reverse
 Watercolor and pencil with gum arabic

Charles Nicholls & Son, Manchester;
Sale, Sotheby's, Chester, 27th April 1989, lot 3028;
Private collection, UK

Charles Spencelayh stands among the most important artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His talent for portraying the common man with an engaging sense of sentiment combined with a meticulous attention to detail remains unsurpassed.

He trained at the National Art Training School (later renamed the Royal College of Art) where he flourished in his figural drawings. Spencelayh continued his education in Paris where he exhibited at the Salon with much success. His primary exhibition venue throughout his career was the Royal Academy, where he showcased 30 paintings from 1912 to 1958. His incredible canvases were hung in the leading art venues of the day and gained him membership into the most prestigious art societies.

During his lifetime, Spencelayh was greatly admired by many influential collectors, including Queen Mary, who provided the artist and his family a residence in Manchester. Spencelayh painted a postage-size portrait of King George V for the Queen's dollhouse that currently resides in Windsor Castle. Today, his work is highly sought after, though examples rarely become available on the market.

Canvas: 15 1/2" high x 11 3/4" wide
Frame: 25 3/4" high x 21 3/8" wide 

Artist's Exhibitions:
The Royal Academy
The Paris Salon
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
The Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham
The Royal Cambrian Academy
The Royal Hibernian Academy

Artist's Museums:
The Tate Gallery, London
Bradford City Art Gallery
Manchester City Art Gallery
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Artist's Associations:
The Royal Society of Miniature Painters
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
The British Watercolor Society (VP)

Charles Spencelayh and His Paintings, 1978, Aubry Noakes
Dictionary of Artists Who Have Exhibited Works in the Principal London Exhibitions From 1760-1893,1901/1970, Algernon Graves, F.S.A.
Dictionary of British Art: Victorian Painters, Volume IV, 1995, Christopher Wood
Popular 19th-Century Painting, 1986, Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
Painting by William Bouguereau

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