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Steven Spurrier

(1878–1961)

Steven 10224230Spurrier was born in London, educated at the City of London School and later at a private school in Margate.  His father was a silversmith and at first, Spurrier was apprenticed to his father’s trade while studying art at evening classes at Heatherley’s and the Gilbert Garrett school.

The first magazine to publish his work was Madame, edited by Sydney Allnutt, who went on to edit the popular Black and White, taking Spurrier with him to join the staff.  It was a connection and experience that opened doors for the artist and, by 1904, Spurrier was beginning to contribute pictures to The Graphic and The Illustrated London News.

During the Great War, Spurrier served with the Military Intelligence Department and then as a lieutenant in the Admiralty, painting ships with dazzle camouflage. Spurrier became a special artist for the ILN and also provided illustrations for Britannia and Eve magazine (launched in 1929).  Spurrier had an individual style and a particular talent for painting highly populated compositions that nevertheless reproduced well in magazines.  He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and Royal Institute of Oil Painters and was made a Royal Academician in 1952.