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Spencer Frederick Gore, 1878–1914

Tennis at Hertingfordbury

Oil on canvas
15 15/16 x 20 inches (40.5 x 50.8 cm)

Signed in purple paint, lower right: "S. F. GORE. [made with stamp]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brushstrokes | costume | genre subject | grass | landscape | net (object) | tennis | tennis courts | woman
Associated Places:
England | Hertfordshire | Hertingfordbury | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The setting for Spencer Frederick Gore’s painting of genteel lawn tennis was Garth House, the country home of his widowed mother in the village of Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire, about thirty miles from London. Gore painted the gardens at Garth House frequently in a series of idyllic views inspired by contemporary French painting, which contrast with his representations of modern London and its growing suburbs. The tennis player has been identified as the artist’s sister, Mrs. de Grey, and the subject had a particular resonance because Gore’s father was a champion tennis player who won the first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon in 1877.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Figuring Women - The Female in Modern British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-03-28 - 2008-06-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 14, no. 21, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 104-105, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 14, no. 21, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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