Spencer Gore

(1878 - 1914)
Spencer Gore Mrs Spencer Frederick Gore in the Garden of Rowlandson House 1911


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.

Glossary terms

  • Formed in 1911 by Walter Sickert, the members of this short-lived group were influenced by Post-Impressionism. Their main concern was depicting everyday realist scenes often with vibrant colours. It was named after the area of London where Sickert lived and worked.