Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
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Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)

Group of African Sculptures

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Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
Group of African Sculptures
pencil on canvas, squared
20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed circa 1930s.
Exhibited
New York, CDS Gallery, Exhibition 176, May 2004, catalogue not traced.
New York, CDS Gallery, Exhibition 177, September 2004, catalogue not traced.
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Lot Essay

The present work, which was never realised as an oil painting, relates to Love Among the Nations, 1935-6 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), where Spencer depicts the grouping together of many figures of differing ages, races and sexes. The central figures are robed, similar to those in Spencer's 1934 work The Turkish Widow (private collection). Spencer also produced sketchbook drawings of the casts in the Antique Room at the Slade and of Casts being carried at the Technical School in Maidenhead (C. leder, Scrapbook Drawings of Stanleys, London, 1964, pls. 48 and 59), and similarites can be seen here in his treatment of the sculptured figures at the upper left and right of the canvas.
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