Born in Kent, Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958) first studied at the National Art Training School (later the Royal College of Art), where he won a prize for figure drawing. He continued his training in Paris where he exhibited at the Paris Salon, although he subsequently exhibited predominantly in Britain; between 1912 and 1958 he showed some thirty paintings at the Royal Academy. In 1897 he was a founder member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters and he was also elected an honorary member of the Birmingham Society of Artists and Vice-President of the British Watercolour Society. He was shown in many of the leading London venues including the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as extensively in the provinces; The Walker Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery and the Glasgow Institute. Spencelayh's work is held by a number of museums, including the Tate Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, Bradford City Art Gallery and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.