Charles Spencelayh was born in Rochester, Kent and first trained at the Royal College of Art in London, where he won a prize for his figure drawing. He later continued his training in Paris, where he exhibited at the Paris Salon. This acclaimed artist was famed for his skilful evocation of sentiment and meticulous rendering of detail and he was supported by many influential collectors, including Queen Mary, for whom Spencerlayh painted a postage stamp sized portrait of King George V for Queen Mary's celebrated Dolls House, shown in the Wembley Exhibition of 1924, and now in Windsor Castle. Spencelayh exhibited predominantly in Britain, including thirty works at The Royal Academy, London and he is represented in several museums, including the Tate Gallery, London, The Bradford City Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston. Now very much sought-after, this rare early work exudes great charm and shows Spencelayhs masterful talent for detail.