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Charles Spencelayh

British (October 27, 1865 – June 25, 1958)

Charles Spencelayh was born in 19th Century Rochester in Kent, and first studied at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, London. Between 1892 and 1958, he exhibited more than 70 paintings at the Royal Academy, including "Why War" (1939), which won the Royal Academy ‘Picture of the Year’. He was also a founder member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, where he exhibited 129 miniatures between 1896 and 1954.

Many of Spencelayh's subjects were of domestic scenes, painted with an almost photographic detail, such as "The Laughing Parson" (1935) and "His Daily Ration" (1946). He also painted still life subjects including "Apples" (1951) and "Exploration" (1931).

Spencelayh was a favourite of Queen Mary, who was an avid collector of his work. In 1924 he painted a miniature of King George V for the Queen's dolls house. On 17 December 2009, Spencelayh's masterpiece "The Old Dealer" was sold at auction at Sotheby's for over £345,000.

Charles Spencelayh Smith Paintings for Sale

All of the Charles Spencelayh pictures in the gallery, unless marked sold, are for sale and are available for purchase from ourselves. If you would like further information on any of our artworks, or you are interested in purchasing any of the pictures and you require additional images then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to provide these on request.

Pricing is available on request by selecting one of the artwork thumbnails and clicking ENQUIRE

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