Property from The Estate of Miss Pamela Mary Spencer (1924-2012)
Gilbert Spencer R.A. (British, 1892-1979)
The Balcony signed and dated 'Gilbert Spencer/1928' (lower right) oil on canvas 71 x 61 cm. (28 x 24 in.)
PROVENANCE: Percy Julius Spencer Thence by family descent
EXHIBITED: Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1949 U.S.A., Pittsburg, Carnegie Institute, Great Britain, November 1955, no.175 Reading, Reading Museum & Art Gallery, The Retrospective Exhibition of the work of Gilbert Spencer, 10 June - 15 July 1964
Gilbert was close to the Carline family, and his future sister-in-law Hilda in particular. After Stanley's marriage in 1925 Gilbert briefly visited the pair on their honeymoon in Suffolk, and was to later to stay with the Carline family at their family home 47 Downshire Hill, Hampstead in the late 1920s, which most probably forms the location of the present work. These impressive urban scenes, including St John's Cottages from Sothwell, Hampstead (1930), were typically executed with great attention to detail, as Marina Vaizey writes in the introduction to the Spencer's 1974 Retrospective, "The point is that he nearly always lifts the ordinary, and to him, well known, out of any banal or conventional interpretation, translation, presentation. He shares his vision, to sharpen our own."