Portrait of Mr and Mrs Baggett  (1956/57)

Painting, Oil on canvas, 802mm x 1190mm

 

Commissioned as a single portrait of either sitter, Spencer chose instead to paint them together with startling immediacy in their Highgate dining room, with its view of the churchyard and Highgate School. He rejected a patterned dress for Mrs Baggett, as the time taken to paint it would increase the cost of the picture.