Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), Painter
Sitter associated with 33 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Spencer studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1907-12). In 1918 he was commissioned as an official war artist and produced Travoys with Wounded Soldiers. His most ambitious evocation of the War is the Sandham Memorial Chapel at Burghclere (1927-32). Spencer's notable works include The Resurrection, Cookham (1924-6), depicting his love for his first wife Hilda and Double Nude Portrait: The Artist and His Second Wife (1937). Following his work as an official war artist, Spencer returned to Cookham, where he became increasingly eccentric. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1950. In 1955 he was honoured with a major Tate retrospective. He was knighted in 1959.
by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
On display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK in the exhibition 'Ida Kar'
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Hull University Art Collection, Hull, East Yorkshire
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, North Yorkshire
Newark Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire
Sandham Memorial Chapel, nr Newbury, Berkshire
Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, Berkshire
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