AOS at the V and A

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The following is from the rather excellent website of Fulgur Limited :-

For the second time in a century, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a drawing by Spare on display…

For the image visit Fulgur Limited.

The self-portrait from 1935 forms part of a special exhibition of drawings in Room 88a. The small study is typical of his self-portraits of this era: fine pencil lines and delicate wash – the artist staring out at us in deep thought. The inclusion of this piece is is quite an important event because Spare takes his place alongside other luminaries such as Aubrey Beardsley, William Blake and Frederick Sandys and is therefore finally recognised by the establishment that dismissed him for so many years. The only other occasion Spare has been exhibited at the V&A was 25 years ago when his portrait of Mabel Beardsley (bequeathed to the V&A by Canon Gray) was the final exhibit in the 1969 show devoted to Aubrey Beardsley and his work.

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