Sir Evan Spicer DL, JP (1849 – 1937) was a partner in a family business – James Spicer & Sons Limited paper manufacturer and a British Liberal and London Progressive politician who served for 30 years on the London County Council.

Sir Evan Spicer by Sir William Orpen.

The painting is at the Guildhall Art Gallery, home to the City of London Corporation’s works of art. GLC Heritage Collection. Guildhall Yard, Off Gresham Street, London, Greater London, EC2V 5AE England.

Oil on Canvas – 90 cms X 68cms.

Spicer was Knighted in 1917.

The British MP Harriet Harman is a relative.


The William Orpen painting was mistakenly listed as c.1930 but Spicer does not look 20+ years older than he is in this photo which is c.1906.

UPDATE: The painting is listed in Orpen’s studio book as 1908.


Cartoon of Evan Spicer from Vanity Fair supplement 1912.


Post by Dominic Lee – Orpen Research Archives.