9 June 2006
Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
People handing in their crosses; study for the mural at Burghclere Chapel
inscribed 'drawing for Resurrection of soldiers in Macedonia./In the centre is Christ. The soldiers are so con-/vinced of the meaning of the cross that they find/peace in the study & contemplation of it. They/study it as calmly as we might study twice one/and two, only the fact of the cross & the under-/standing of it brings rejoicing and love. That is/why some of the men in this drawing are em-/bracing & kissing it. In this picture the cross is/meant to symbolise the fact that nothing is/lost whose sacrifice has been right.' (on a label attached to the backboard)
13¾ x 9¾ in. (35 x 24.8 cm.)
Executed circa 1928.
Miss Shirin and Miss Unity Spencer, by whom given to the Vicar of Cookham.
with Austin Desmond, London, where purchased by the present owner, April 1998.
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London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Drawings by Stanley Spencer, 1955, no. 37.
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