Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

Spiv

(private collection)

description A three-quarter length portrait drawing of a middle-aged man, seen in semi-profile, looking to the right, his cap at an angle, hands in his pockets, and the end of a cigarette dangling from his lips. Often flamboyant characters, with a practiced sales patter, 'spivs' were common and distinctive figures on the streets of wartime and postwar London, usually selling black market items from a suitcase.

date c. 1955

location East End

dimensions 15 x 10 cm

medium pen and ink on paper

literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus. p. 50.

reference cat20

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