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Stanley Spencer

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Stanley Spencer | England 1891-1959 | Interior at Cookham with spring flowers 1937 | Oil on canvas | 50.9 x 76.5cm | Purchased 1958. Annie Chisholm Wilson Bequest | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Stanley Spencer, 1937/DACS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.

Stanley Spencer, 'Interior at Cookham with spring flowers', 1937

Stanley Spencer
England  1891-1959
Interior at Cookham with spring flowers 1937
Oil on canvas
50.9 x 76.5cm
Purchased 1958. Annie Chisholm Wilson Bequest
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
© Stanley Spencer, 1937/DACS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.

Stanley Spencer

Interior at Cookham with spring flowers 1937

Lindworth was a large semi-detached house on High Street at Cookham, Berkshire, where the English artist Stanley Spencer lived from 1932-38.

Cookham was of enduring significance to Spencer as the place of his birth and upbringing. Unlike his visionary religious paintings ― set amidst an idealised depiction of the Cookham environment and its people ― the artist's smaller still-life images were based on direct observation, painted with meticulous detail.

A ready market for Spencer's still lifes, and his landscapes, assisted the artist in times of financial need. Spencer saw his religious paintings as his chief contribution to art history and was often disparaging of his still lifes and landscapes, referring to them as potboilers. However, the attention to detail and sense of place and home evident in this work ensure enduring appeal.