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Biographical study of Eily Shaw, wife of occult artist Austin Osman Spare.


This much-needed work centres upon occult artist Austin Osman Spare's relationship with his wife Eily (shortened from Eileen), a former West End chorus girl whose profession and personality influenced the artist's thinking and imagery. Supplementary material by Alison Henry, Eily's granddaughter, and Caroline Wise on relevant themes round out this important contribution to Spare scholarship.


Author William Wallace is a long-time student and scholar of Austin Osman Spare, and this book shows his magisterial command of his subject. The volume is lavishly illustrated throughout both in colour and black-and-white, showing rare photographs, art works and advertisements.


Roehampton: Jerusalem Press, 2016. Hardback, 202 pages. New. Standard edition limited to 800 hand-numbered copies.  

Eily: Austin Osman Spare's Muse - William Wallace