Lithograph After ‘Self Portrait’ – 1913

Print, lithograph

Lithograph by Henry Trivick after Spencer’s ‘Self-Portrait’, 1913 (pen, ink & chalk on paper, Tate). Departing from his usual Slade style, Spencer based his cross-hatching on Michelangelo drawings, which he much admired. In similar vein, he drew his brother Sydney who observed, ‘he cannot take out a single line once put in, and with a thick nib it was necessarily difficult to render a portrait sympathetic.’ This is one of four known drawings which herald Spencer’s first oil ‘Self-Portrait’, 1914 (Tate), painted in Wisteria Cottage, Cookham.