A French early 20th Century beech artist's travelling easel, previously owned by Sir Stanley Spencer
Of box construction, with adjustable rest above a drawer on three telescopic legs 54.5 x 39 x 17cm (21 7/16 x 15 3/8 x 6 11/16in)
PROVENANCE: With a letter from the present owner detailing its provenance as a gift from Sir Stanley Spencer in 1950, together with four drawings by her of Spencer.
'Stanley Spencer gave me this easel in Cookham in 1950...At lunchtime I used to go to the local pub and sit in the corner sketching the characters who congregated there, including Stanley Spencer...My colleagues from the studios at Moor Hall avoided Stanley Spencer - telling me he was a 'scruffy man', always buttonholing anyone who would listen to him talking about his paintings...I was interested in his work and was pleased when he saw me sketching him one lunchtime and came over to talk to me - the first of many lunchtime conversations. I told him I was studying art - the Moor Hall job was to earn some money to buy an easel and art materials in my vacation. He said he had an easel he could spare, if I would like it, and, good as his word, he brought it a few days later.'