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Spencer Frederick Gore, 1878–1914

Blue and Green Bottles and Oranges

ca. 1914
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 × 16 inches (51.1 × 40.6 cm)

Signed, lower right: "S. F. Gore [enclosed in rectangle]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bottles | cork | cup | drinking glass | food | fruit | furniture | still life | window
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

This still life was painted at Spencer Gore’s house in Cambrian Road, in suburban Richmond, shortly before the artist’s death by pneumonia in March 1914. Gore’s exposure to modern French painting, especially that of Paul Cézanne and André Derain, is evident in his use of bright, undiluted color and seemingly prosaic subject matter. His early death was perceived as a great loss to British art. Writing in the first volume of the modernist manifesto Blast, published in 1914, the artist Wyndham Lewis praised Gore’s “dogged, almost romantic industry” and “passion for the delicate objects set in the London atmosphere around him.” Walter Sickert, meanwhile, recalled Gore’s “exquisiteness in touch,” and noted that “expression descended like snowflakes on his canvases, varied, adequate, and economical. He painted with the reticence and the measure of the great gentleman that he was.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Bloomsbury Contemporaries (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-05-20 - 2000-09-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Wendy Baron, Perfect moderns : a history of the Camden Town Group, , Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt, 2000, pp. 156, 184, ND468.5 C35 B3724 2000 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale ad : 11 December 1970, Apollo, vol. 92, London, December 1, 1970, p. 15, N1 A54 + oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale ad : Modern British and Irish paintings, drawings and sculpture Friday, 9 November, Apollo, vol. 120, London, October 1, 1984, p. 21, N1 A54 + oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie, Manson & Woods, Christie's sale catalogue : Modern British and Irish paintings, drawings and sculpture : 9 November 1984, Christie's, London, November 9, 1984, pp. 16-17, lot 42, fig 42, DealerCat Christie's (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie, Manson & Woods, Christie's sale catalogue : Modern British paintings, drawings, and sculpture : 11 December 1970, Christie's, London, December 11, 1970, lot 169, Fiche B51 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frank Davis, Talking about sale rooms : A girl's best friend?, Country Life, vol. 176, Bath, December 27, 1984, pp. 1988-1989, fig. 5, S3 C68A + Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frank Davis, Talking about sales rooms : A golden age of sculpture, Country Life, vol. 149, London, April 8, 1971, p. 819, fig. 4, S3 .C68 + oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Margaret Garlake, Salerooms, Art Monthly, London, December 1, 1984, p. 40, https://www.proquest.com/docview/1542735316/C4A490D4AF444F69PQ/4?accountid=15172&parentSessionId=fKM2OqzdMMHlO35cEz%2F290mnPNuGbSQY%2F3TWA0mBq4E%3D

Geraldine Keen, Sale room : Four pieces of furniture make 182,000, The Times (London), London, December 12, 1970, https://go.gale.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=Newspapers&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&retrievalId=705c5c9b-daa8-4d7b-b041-8f297534d666&hitCount=1&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm¤tPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CCS35091340&docType=Article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=ZTMA-MOD1&prodId=GDCS&pageNum=1&contentSet=GALE%7CCS35091340&searchId=R2&userGroupName=29002&inPS=true&aty=ip

The sale-room, Apollo, vol. 121, London, March 1, 1985, p. 213, N1 A54 + oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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