Sir Stanley Spencer

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Sir Stanley Spencer, by Henry Lamb, 1928 - NPG 4527 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Stanley Spencer

by Henry Lamb
oil on canvas, 1928
20 in. x 16 in. (508 mm x 406 mm)
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4527

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  • Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), Painter. Sitter associated with 34 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.

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  • Henry Lamb (1883-1960), Painter. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 21 portraits.

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An early admirer of his work, Henry Lamb provided Spencer with encouragement and patronage, giving him a room in his house at Poole in 1922 and 1923. The painting that established Spencer's reputation, The Resurrection, Cookham (1924-6, Tate collection), was painted in a studio in Hampstead borrowed from Lamb.

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The Representation of the People Act 1928 grants women the same rights to vote as men. Building on reform of 1918, this Act lowered the voting age for women from 30 to 21, and removed the ownership of property requirements.

Art and science

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The Scottish scientist's identification of the first antibiotic revolutionised the treatment of infection and is a landmark in medical history. By the Second World War, penicillin was being used to treat wounded soldiers and had a major impact on survival rates of those with infected wounds.


Stalin announces the Soviet Union's first Five-Year plan of economic development. Based on Lenin's New Economic Policy, the Five-Year Plans aimed to expand the country's economy through rapid centralised industrialisation.

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