Mr Hollingberry's Canary

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Spear's acutely observed interiors of London pubs echo the work of Sickert from half a century earlier. This painting shows the bar of the 'Hampshire Hog' in Hammersmith, close to where the artist was born.

The low viewpoint and the narrow format of the picture emphasise the height of the smoke-stained walls with the faces of the regulars picked out by the lurid lighting.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum



Mr Hollingberry's Canary




oil on board


H 163 x W 83.5 cm

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purchased, 1964

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