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Drawing - Self Portrait
  • Self Portrait
    Spare, Austin Osman, born 1886 - died 1956
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Self Portrait

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1935 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spare, Austin Osman, born 1886 - died 1956 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 206, box B(I)

Physical description

Self portrait of the artist, pencil on paper, laid down on card. Signed and dated 'AOS 1935'. Inscribed with title.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, drawn)


1935 (drawn)


Spare, Austin Osman, born 1886 - died 1956 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper


Height: 26.7 cm, Width: 20.5 cm

Object history note

Although the artist did not exhibit in 1935, a self portrait of this date was listed as item 171 in his studio show on Walworth Road, London, in 1938.

Descriptive line

Self portrait by Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956). Great Britain, 1935.

Labels and date

Austin Osman Spare 1888-1956
Signed and dated 1935

Like his friend Aleister Crowley, Spare was an occult writer immersed in astrology and magic. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy at the age of 16 and was an official artist in the First World War. This powerful self-portrait shows his superb draughtsmanship and extraordinary personality.

Pencil and chalk on tinted paper with wash

Purchased 1997
Museum no. E.32-1997 []





Subjects depicted



Drawings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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