Sir Stanley Spencer
  • Studies of the Disciples for Christ in Cookham -

    With the Stanley Spencer Studio sale stamp (verso)

    Squared for transfer

    Pencil, 30 by 38 cm

    Provenance: The Stanley Spencer Studio Sale, Christie's, 1998, lot 187

    The present drawing is a study for Christ in Cookham (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney), 1952. The final picture belongs to Spencer's ambitious Pentecost, Last Judgement series intended for the Church House. This study shows the disciples depicted, somewhat nonchalantley, seated and with their arms folded. In the final picture Christ is shown in an armchair to their right.

  • Idea for a visitation -

    With the Stanley Spencer studio stamp

    Inscribed with the word: APPLE

    Pen and sepia ink, 25 by 20 cm

    Provenance: the Stanley Spencer Studio Sale, Christie's, 1998; with Archeus, Albermarle Street

  • Study for Christ carrying the Cross -
    Price on request

    Signed and inscribed (verso): To Mrs Dorothy Eckersley from Stanley Spencer with best wishes, Oct 30th 1948? This is the composition I did immediately before the final composition?which Richard Carline possesses

    Squared for transfer

    Sepia wash over pencil, 51 by 35cm (20 1/16 by 13 3/4in).

    Provenance: a gift from the artist to Dorothy Eckersley, October 1948


    This is a study for Spencer?s 1920 masterpiece Christ carrying the Cross now in the Tate Gallery (no.4117). The events were inspired by the artist?s childhood memories of Cookham, showing the religious event as observed from the windows of houses in Spencer?s home town. A closely comparable sketch was in the collection of Richard Carline (also now in the Tate) and another in the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham. Another sepia wash drawing and a variation on the same composition was in the collection of W.A.Evill (Evill/Frost Sale, Sotheby?s London, June 2011, lot 151, sold for ?21,250).


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