Roberts, Arthur Spencer 1920-1997 Irish/British Sir Paul McCartney's Studio, 20x24 ins
Roberts, Arthur Spencer 1920-1997 Irish/British Sir Paul McCartney's Studio, 20x24 ins., (51 x 61 cms.), Oil on Board, Signed and Dated 1971, Roberts was born in Cork, lived in Scotland and finally Hastings. As a boy he suffered severely from tuberculosis and was advised to take up swimming to improve his health. It helped him so much, that in 1939 he was chosen to represent Britain in the famous Olympic Games. In the war that soon followed he was posted to Burma as a forward observer in the jungle. He took the opportunity to study and paint the flora, fauna and wild life of the jungle. After the war Spencer Roberts enjoyed a varied and successful career including being a lecturer in art history at Vancouver University. He held a number of exhibitions in the UK, Europe and the United States. He was commissioned by John Aspinall to paint a room at Port Lympne with images of wildlife from South East Asia, an undertaking that took him three years. He became particularly skilled in painting animals and birds in their natural habitat and also figure drawing. Amongst many distinguished people who bought his paintings are the late Catherine Cookson and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Auction Date: December 2011