Caulking a Deck - 1940

Drawing, pencil and crayon 14.5in x 19.5in

 

In this study for the picture 'Caulking' 1940, which belongs to the early stages of Spencer's work in Port Glasgow, men in Lithgow's Shipyard caulk a deck to make it watertight by stopping up the seams. Spencer felt at home in the shipyard, which he likened to a vast Cookham blacksmith's forge.