Cafe Bar Gallery
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Spencer is influenced by the representation of women in historical settings, their stories, loves and loses. Here, she presents a new collection of female portraits, which are small in scale but large in number.
The exhibition includes 1000 small portraits of imaginary women, which are presented alongside the artists response to portraits of women found at the National Trusts Killerton House, on the outskirts of Exeter.
The title, Strange And Romantic, refers to Anne Aclands description* of the life of Harriet Fox Strangeways (1750-1815) a portrait of whom hangs at Killerton House, painted by Joshua Reynolds at the time of her marriage to John Dyke Acland. Lady Acland was known for accompanying her husband and then caring for him while captured during the American war of independence.
Together these paintings reflect the women who have been associated with historical buildings, those who are remembered and those who are long forgotten and Spencers ongoing engagement with historical properties.
*Killerton by Anne Acland, Published by The national Trust, 1995
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