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Private Vernon Spencelayh (1891–1980), West Yorkshire Regiment

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: National Army Museum

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This portrait is a fond record of a son preparing to depart for war, by his father, the well known artist, Charles Spencelayh, a painter in the Academic style whose work has an intensity while appearing almost photographic in detail. Vernon Spencelayh was born at Chatham in 1891. His regiment, the West Yorkshire Regiment, denoted by the motif of the white horse of Hanover on the cap badge, saw action at a number of battles on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.

National Army Museum





oil on board


H 18 x W 12 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 1989-04-137

Acquisition method

purchased from David Cohen Fine Art Limited, 1989

Work type


National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT England

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