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Steven Spurrier RA RBA ROI NS PS (1878-1961)

Steven Spurrier, RA RBA ROI NS PS (1878-1961)

Often inspired by his love of music and theatre, Steven Spurrier developed as a wide-ranging painter, illustrator and designer.

Steven Spurrier was born in Finsbury Park, London, on 13 July 1878, the son of a designer silversmith based in the City. During a childhood spent in South London and at the City of London School, he developed wide cultural interests, including music and theatre as well as the visual arts. The lessons that he received from a seascape painter, in Margate, Kent, instilled him with a particular fascination for the study and depiction of ships. In 1895, at the age of 17, he followed his father, in becoming an apprentice silversmith, at the same time taking evening classes at the Heatherley School of Fine Art. Two years later, he produced his first published work, a series of Christmas cards on theatrical subjects.

In 1900, Spurrier began work as a freelance illustrator, contributing to many periodicals, including
Black and White, The Royal, and The Graphic, as well as producing fashion drawings and costume designs.

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