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Spencer, William G. (1875-1954)
Village Boys & Their Amusements. [Album of 18 pen and ink drawings]
N.p. [Cookham, England], 1889. Pen and ink on paper, each of the 18 drawings titled opposite (two-page spreads title in the drawing). One inserted sketch on a folded leaf, annotated on verso in the hand of the recipient. 1 vols. Oblong 12mo. Rural Fun in Cookham, 1889. Album of drawings from the pen of William G. Spencer of Cookham, Berkshire. Opposite the title leaf is a dedication "A.D.C. with love from William Spencer June 1889". The scenes depict a year's worth of rural amusements: "Snow-balling," "[Field] Hockey," "Football," "Leapfrog," "Marbles," "A Running Race," "Merry Anglers," "Rounders on Cookham Moor," "Quoits," "The School Great," "Punch & Judy," "The Paper Chase" (two-page spread), "Tug of War," "The Village Drum & Fife Band," "Merry Archers," "Cricket. The Winning Run. Great Excitement" (two-page spread), Guy Fawkes Day," and "On the Ice" [signed "W.G.S. 1889"]. The annotation on a loosely inserted sketch of a rustic "with the sun in one hand and a watering-pot in the other" identifies the artist as William Spencer "as a boy" and is signed "A. D. Coleridge." Arthur Duke Coleridge (1830-1913) was clerk of assizes on the Midland circuit and author of Eton in the Forties, by an old Colleger (1896); and Reminiscences (1921), edited by J.A. Fuller-Maitland. William Spencer (1846-1928), "Pa," was a music teacher and organist who lived at Fernlea in Cookham and was father of eight children, and "was described by an acquaintance as 'a patriarchal figure who cycled around Cookham reciting Ruskin aloud'"(ODNB). His eldest son William, the artist of this album, was a c … [Click Below for Full Description]
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