SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)
SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)
SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)
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SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)

Study for Unveiling of the Cookham War Memorial

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SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)
Study for Unveiling of the Cookham War Memorial
signed and inscribed '"Dedication of the Cookham/War Memorial"/Stanley Spencer' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard)
pencil on paper, lightly squared for transfer
13 3⁄4 x 13 3⁄4 in. (34.9 x 34.9 cm.)
Executed in 1919.
Provenance
Acquired from Piccadilly Gallery, London in August 1989.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A.: A collection of paintings and drawings, London, Piccadilly Gallery, 1978, n.p., no. 23, dated 'circa 1922', illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Stanley Spencer R.A., London, Royal Academy, 1980, p. 81, no. 67, dated '1921', illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Piccadilly Gallery, Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A.: A collection of paintings and drawings, September - October 1978, no. 23, dated 'circa 1922'.
London, Royal Academy, Stanley Spencer R.A., September - December 1980, no. 67, dated '1921'.
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Lot Essay


Professor Keith Bell has noted that the present work is likely the working drawing for Unveiling Cookham War Memorial (1921-1922), which was commissioned by Sir Michael Sadler. Whilst the subject is unusual in being about a specific event, it does address his own interest in Cookham, and his recent experience of the War. Spencer wrote of the oil, ‘It was intended to express the absence of hurry … and to express the peaceful life that I visualised people could live if there was no war’ (K. Bell, loc. cit.).

We are very grateful to Professor Keith Bell for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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