Mary Jane, the Artist's Mother, by Ruskin Spear RA (framed)

In association with the exhibition Artist to Artist this work is available to view upon request at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 14 September 2018–3rd September 2018.

Please note that, if purchased, this framed work is available for collection only from the Royal Academy of Arts by appointment with the Art Sales team.

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Artwork details

Medium Drawing
Colour Red/Multicolour
Dimensions 45.75 x 58.5cm
Fabric & material Ink

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Artwork description

We are proud to present this early pen and ink study by Ruskin Spear. Well known for his characterful portraiture, Spear’s work is celebrated for his ability to capture the narrative surrounding a sitter. Throughout his career Spear often sketched members of his family, including his mother, Mary Jane Lemon, who was a regular subject.

Ruskin Spear was a significant presence at the Royal College of Art, London, during the time he taught there from 1948–1975. Leonard Rosoman and Carel Weight were also tutors at the RCA during much of the same period. Vanessa Jackson, David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and Olwyn Bowey all studied at the college whilst Spear was a tutor there.

Ruskin Spear was elected to the Royal Academy in 1954 and awarded the CBE in 1979.