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Ruskin Spear

(1911-1990), Painter

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist of 12 portraits
Painter. Initially influenced by Sickert and the Euston Road School, Spear became known for his topical and extroverted portraiture, often based on photojournalism, which won him widespread popularity.

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Sid James, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 6820

Sid James

by Ruskin Spear
oil and collage on canvas, 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6820

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 4894

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, late 1960s?
NPG 4894

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5047

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
NPG 5047

Ruskin Spear, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5535

Ruskin Spear

by Ruskin Spear
oil on board, 1982
NPG 5535

Francis Bacon, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5818

Francis Bacon

by Ruskin Spear
oil on board, 1984
NPG 5818

Lew Grade, Baron Grade, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 6062

Lew Grade, Baron Grade

by Ruskin Spear
oil on board, exhibited 1988
NPG 6062

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137578

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137578

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137579

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137579

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137580

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137580

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137581

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137581


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Lois Kincaid-Hall

21 May 2016, 15:47

Ruskin taught at The Hammersmith School of Art - it must have been in the 50s - when my first husband, Frederick Philip Gray, was Head-Master there. Both had been students under Rothenstein in the RCA in the 30s. We liked to visit him and his wife (Mary?) and he used to drive about in a black London taxi, partly because he had a gammy leg. I liked his paintings and remember him well although I am now 100 yrs old.

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