Spencer Gore was recognised as a leading figure amongst his contemporaries but his untimely death, aged thirty-five, prevented him from fully developing as an artist. Born in Surrey, Gore studied at the Slade School of Art, London, from 1896-9. In 1904 he travelled to northern France and met Walter Sickert and Lucien Pissarro, who proved important influences - identifiable in Gore’s impressionist technique of this time. However, his style developed more towards Post-Impressionism, inspired by Paul Gauguin and André Derain. Gore was a founder member of the Fitzroy Street Group and was also involved with the formation of the Camden Town Group. He died in 1914 shortly after developing pneumonia.