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oil painting of camellia with birds eggs and a fly by Charles Spencelayh

Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958)

The Camellia and the Fly


Size: 12.5" x 8" (32 x 20cms)

Oil on board, signed with initials on lower left and titled verso and with letter from artist

Exhibited:- Exhibition of Works by Charles Spencelayh, Mansfield Museum & Art Gallery, 1950

Provenance:- Christie's, London - 13th October 1967
Provenance:- Bonhams, Knowle - 27th February 2007

Price: £4,000.00

Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958) was born in Rochester, Kent. He studied art at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, winning awards and he continued his training in Paris. His paintings were exhibited in the Paris Salon, at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. Today there are 56 of his paintings in museums and galleries in the UK, including The Tate. He is known for his meticulously painted genre scenes and portraits and, more rarely, still life paintings. For example, his painting titled "Cook's Bouquet" which sold on 17th March 2010 at Christie's auction for £11,250.

For further reading, see the book by Aubrey Noakes, "Charles Spencelayh and his Paintings", London 1978.