Inspiring Purpose

Stanley Spencer

Born in Cookham, Berkshire, he studied at the Slade School of Art, London, where he learned the linear drawing style which informs most of his work. Never part of any of the main movements in 20th-century British art, he remained an eccentric figure, tackling unfashionable religious subjects in his precise and distinctive style. These he transposed into his own local context at Cookham, especially in The Resurrection (1922-27). He was an official war artist in World War II when he painted a series of panels depicting shipbuilding on the Clyde. His best-known work is his decorative scheme of murals of army life for the Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere (1926-32). His brother Gilbert (1892-1976) was also an artist.

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