Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
Humphrey Spender - Untitled

Humphrey Spender (1910-2005)

Untitled 1975

Pencil; 24.7 x 35 cms

Signed and dated
Titled on labels on reverse

Note: The drawing appears to be a study for the painting 'Seawall in Estuary', 1975.

Spender initially studied architecture at the Architectural Association before a planned career change led him to train as a photographer. He briefly studied art history at Freiburg University where he spent time with his brother Stephen Spender and other literary figures such as Christopher Isherwood. During this period he gained exposure to the European Avant Garde, going on to work for a number of magazines as a photojournalist, including Picture Post and Harper's Bazaar.

Spender became a member of the Mass Observation movement, an independent body aiming to record the reality of daily life in Britain 19371940, for whom his 'Worktown Study' of life in Bolton is particularly notable. He was made War Office Official Photographer during the War, and worked as an interpreter of photo-reconnaissance pictures before becoming a successful textile designer and tutor at the Royal College of Art from 1953 to 1975. He continued to paint and draw throughout his life.

Price: £1,050