Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare

Edited by Robert Shehu-Ansell

961 hand-numbered copies only


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Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare is the long awaited full colour introduction to the work of this astonishing London artist. Accompanying an exhibition at The Maas Gallery (15a Clifford Street, London, W1) the book contains a comprehensive collection of his art complemented by a biographical introduction, a checklist of his exhibitions and essays by those who knew Spare well throughout his life, including classic recollections from Hannen Swaffer, Clifford Bax, Kenneth and Steffi Grant, Hadyn Mackay, Ithell Colquhoun, John Smith and others. One of the key source texts for Phil Baker’s 2010 biography.



60 colour | 16 black and white
English text


Introduction  – Robert Ansell
Boy Artist at the R.A. – Anonymous
Austin Osman Spare: A Note on His Work – Ralph Strauss
Symbology and Aesthetics in Relation to the Work of Austin O. Spare – Grace Rogers
Artist as Agent of the Unseen – Hannen Swaffer
Sex in Art – Clifford Bax
Spare and Southwark – John Smith
Psychic Artist Enables you to see Beethoven’s Fifth – Philip Paul
Appreciation – Kenneth Grant
Heaven and Earth: Portrait of a Magician – Ithell Colquhoun
Austin Osman Spare 1886-1956 – Hadyn Mackay
Introduction to Zos Speaks! – Steffi Grant

Illustrated and Exhibited Material
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Further Reading
List of Major Exhibitions


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