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Blue plaque for artist Spencer Gore

I'm not really mad on art or anything – but when I found out about him I thought he had made a cool contribution to the area'

23 October, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Spencer Gore’s painting of Mornington Crescent

A BLUE plaque dedicated to artist Spencer Gore has been unveiled in Mornington Crescent.

Saima and Geoff Ward applied for the English Heritage plaque to be installed at 31 Mornington Crescent four years ago. The artist – who was at the cutting edge of the British art scene in the early 20th century and a close friend of Walter Sickert – lived there between 1909 and 1912. He died from pneumonia in 1914.

The plaque is unveiled

Ms Ward said: “We had about 40 people attend to celebrate, including Gore’s granddaughters who came over from New York and France.”

Gore was a founding member of the Fitzroy Street Group, which met informally at 19 Fitzroy Street, and the Camden Town Group. One of his famous pieces was of Mornington Crescent, a view painted from his window across the gardens to Hampstead Road. At least eight works were painted there including two showing the interior of the comfortable sitting room he shared with his landlord.

Mr Ward said: “I’m not really mad on art or anything – but when I found out about him I thought he had made a cool contribution to the area. I just thought I’ll apply, why not? You apply online and then they do the proper research.”

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