George Charlton – Daphne Reading

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Inscribed in pencil on reverse ‘Daphne Reading’. Black chalk on buff paper. Framed and glazed. Provenance: Gifted to Ian Kellam (A friend of the artist) from George Charlton’s wife, Daphne c1980.


Daphne had an affair with the artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) while married to George Charleton. A portrait of Daphne by Spencer is illustrated in, A complete Catalogue of the Paintings of Stanley Spencer by Keith Bell. Cat. 293. ‘Daphne’ 1940.

The previous owner Ian Kellam was born in Sheffield, England in 1933. As a young chorister he studied with Dr. Tustin Baker, organist at Sheffield Cathedral. He later studied with Herbert Sumsion at Gloucester Cathedral, and then with Howard Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the time he was studying at The Royal Academy of Music where he met Daphne Charlton who then introduced him to Stanley Spencer. They became good freinds and Ian would often play the piano at Stanley’s home.

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7 in x 11 in. (17.8 cm x 28.3 cm.)

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15 in x 19 in. (38.2 cm x 48 cm.)


Charlton, George (1899-1979)

Painter of landscapes, humorous genre and illustrator. Born 18 February 1899 in London. Studied at the Slade School from 1914 and joined the staff there 1919. Taught at Willesden School of Art 1949–59 and has been an examiner in Art for the University of London school examinations since 1931. Exhibited at the N.E.A.C. from 1916, member 1926 and Hon. Treasurer 1958. First one-man exhibition at the Redfern Gallery 1924. His wife Daphne Charlton, who survived him until 1991, was for many years a close associate of the painter Stanley Spencer. Charleton's house in Hampstead, North London, was described as "an Aladdin's cave of pictures". The artist Evan Charlton was George's brother.