UK Disability History Month - Artist, Peter N Spencer (1924 - 1987)

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MOL.2011.93.1This is our second feature for UK Disability History Month, 2014. This year's theme is War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement. Peter Spencer, a well-known foot and mouth artist, painted this image of a Starways Viscount aircraft in flight in 1964. Peter had been a pilot during the Second World War and lost the use of his arms and hands following an aircraft accident 27 March 1945. With great dedication and endurance, he learned to paint and to draw holding the brush in his mouth. His works were exhibited widely and he was awarded an MBE in 1980 for his human and artistic achievements. This painting was commissioned by Captain George Leigh, who had attended Wallasey's Oldershaw Grammar School with Peter. It was presented by the directors of Starways, based at Liverpool (Speke) Airport, to their chairman. The painting was kindly donated to the Museum of Liverpool in 2011. It is not currently on display.