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Sir Stanley Spencer

(1891-1959), Painter

Sitter associated with 34 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.

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Sir Stanley Spencer, by Sir Stanley Spencer - NPG 4306

Sir Stanley Spencer

by Sir Stanley Spencer
pencil, 1919
NPG 4306

Sir Muirhead Bone, by Sir Stanley Spencer - NPG 4453

Sir Muirhead Bone

by Sir Stanley Spencer
pencil, 1930s?
NPG 4453

John Rothenstein, by Sir Stanley Spencer - NPG 6695

John Rothenstein

by Sir Stanley Spencer
pencil, 1950
NPG 6695

Eric Ernest Williams, by Sir Stanley Spencer - NPG 6469

Eric Ernest Williams

by Sir Stanley Spencer
pencil, 1954
NPG 6469

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