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Ruskin Spear RA, The Old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1943

The Old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1943, 1979

Ruskin Spear RA (1911 - 1990)

RA Collection: Art

Ruskin Spear lived and worked in west London all his life; finding his subjects in the pubs, snooker halls and streets of Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick. Here he depicts his local theatre, the Old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith as it was in 1943, from a 1979 perspective. Adjacent to the theatre is a Woolworth's store, its exterior embellished with notices for a local second-hand furniture business. A hoarding decorated with colourful advertisements for "OK Sauce" and "Seniors Fish and Meat Sauce" cuts across the scene. The bold impact of these posters on the greys and browns of the cityscape relates to Spear's interest in Pop Art and popular culture.

Object details

The Old Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1943
Ruskin Spear RA (1911 - 1990)
Object type
Copyright owner
Oil on board

802 mm x 994 mm x 4 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Lambert Collection 1990
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