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)

Fernlea, Cookham

Details
SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A. (1891-1959)
Fernlea, Cookham
oil and pencil on paper laid on canvas
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm.)
Painted circa 1921.
Provenance
Purchased at the 1927 exhibition by Miss Hollond, and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 November 1991, lot 50, where purchased for the present collection.
Literature
K. Bell, Stanley Spencer: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, London, 1992, pp. 52, 398, no. 41, illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Goupil Gallery, "The Resurrection" and other works by Stanley Spencer, March 1927, no. 63.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay


The present work depicts the area behind Spencer’s house, Fernlea, in Cookham. Completed shortly after Spencer returned from the First World War, the work is deliberately peaceful, as Keith Bell notes, with the maids going about their work around the dustbins and coal sheds, undisturbed. It is an early example of Spencer’s interest in recording everyday domestic activities in Cookham, in this case, seen within the context of his own childhood: a child, probably representing the artist, or his brother Gilbert, gestures on the roof of an outbuilding in the top-left of the painting (see K. Bell, loc. cit.). The figures in the composition show direct links to his contemporaries David Bomberg and William Roberts and indicate that it was at this time that he felt himself most clearly involved in the modern movement in Britain.

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

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