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Percy Frederick Seaton Spence (1868-1933)

Artist of 38 portraits
Percy Frederick Seaton Spence was born in Sydney. He became a contributor to the Sydney Bulletin and exhibited at the Sydney Royal Art Society. Spence went to Europe in 1895 and illustrations by him appeared in Black and White, the Graphic and other well-known publications of the time. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1899 and 1902. In 1901, he was responsible for the illustrations to Britain's Austral Empire, mostly portraits of the leading Australian politicians of that period. Spence moved back to Sydney where in 1905 he held a one-man show of his work. In 1910, he provided seventy-five illustrations for the volume Australia, in Black's colour series.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 1893
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Phil May

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
black chalk, 1895
NPG 1184a

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Probably Harold Kyrle Bellew

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(1)

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Cora Urquhart Brown Potter

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(3)

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'Bits of Sarah' (Possibly Sarah Bernhardt)

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(14b)

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Tony Lumpkins

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(4)

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M. Harmont (?)

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(6)

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Unknown actor, possibly George Richard Rignold

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(13)

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Unknown actress

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(16)

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Unknown man

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(25)

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Unknown man

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(28)

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Probably M. Harmont (?)

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(29)

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M. Harmont (?)

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(30)

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Miss Romer

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(26)

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Olga Isabel Nethersole

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 13 February 1891
NPG D23134(18)

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Pattie Browne

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 18 March 1891
NPG D23134(24)

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A. Ashdowne

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 5 February 1896
NPG D23134(23)

D23134(2)

Harold Kyrle Bellew

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(2)

D23134(5)

Harold Kyrle Bellew

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(5)

D23134(8)

George Richard Rignold

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(8)

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