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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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Ruskin Spear, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5535

Ruskin Spear

by Ruskin Spear
oil on board, 1982
NPG 5535

Ruskin Spear; Carel Weight, by Geoffrey Ireland - NPG x125114

Ruskin Spear; Carel Weight

by Geoffrey Ireland
bromide print on card mount, 1950s
NPG x125114

Ruskin Spear, by John Lunnis - NPG x137583

Ruskin Spear

by John Lunnis
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x137583

Ruskin Spear, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165977

Ruskin Spear

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 25 September 1969
NPG x165977

Ruskin Spear, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165978

Ruskin Spear

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 25 September 1969
NPG x165978

Ruskin Spear, by George Newson - NPG x33554

Ruskin Spear

by George Newson
bromide fibre print, 18 December 1985
NPG x33554

Ruskin Spear, by Brian McEvoy - NPG x34601

Ruskin Spear

by Brian McEvoy
colour print, 24 November 1989
NPG x34601



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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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