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15 Portraits in set: Sketchbook by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence, early 1890s

36 sketches, mainly portraits of theatrical personalities sketched in Melbourne and Sydney in the early 1890s and autographed by the sitter. The album also includes figure and animal studies as well as portraits of several writers and journalists affiliated with Black and White Magazine, added to the album during or after 1896. Given by the artist, 1899. Spence was born in Sydney in 1868. He exhibited pictures at the Royal Art Society and the Royal Academy. As an illustrator Spence supplied drawings to the Bulletin, Black and White, and the Graphic as well as to Britain's Austral Empire (1901) and a volume entitled Australia (1910), part of Black's colour series. He died in London in 1933.