Born in 1879, Robert Spencer moved from New York City to the Bucks County region in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Spencer was one of several talented American Impressionists in the Pennsylvania Art Colony centered in New Hope. Spencer differed from most of his impressionist colleagues, often depicting tenements, factories and mills in Pennsylvania. He won a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 and the Metropolitan Museum purchased "Repairing the Bridge" in 1914. Spencer, who battled depression all his life committed suicide in 1931. He studied under William Merit Chase and Robert Henri and he was a founding member of the New Hope Group.
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