Stanley Spencer

1891 Born in Cookham, Berkshire, on the Thames to the west of London.

1907 Attends Maidenhead Technical Institute, Berkshire.

1908 Enrols at the Slade School in London.

1915 Joins the Army Medical Corps, serving in Macedonia.

1918 After volunteering as an infantryman with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, Spencer was eventually appointed as a War Artist. After the war he returns to Cookham.

1923 He is commissioned to decorate the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere, Hampshire, in memory of Lieutenant Henry Sandham who had been killed in Macedonia.

1925 Marries the painter Hilda Carline.

1927 One-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery London.

1932 Completes the decoration of the Sandham Memorial Chapel. Elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Academy.

1935 Resigns from the RA after the committee refuses to hang two of his submissions.

1940 Spencer is appointed as a War Artist and is commissioned to paint the ship- building yards of Port Glasgow.

1950 His quarrel with the Royal Academy ends and he is made a full Academician.

1954 Visits China as a member of a cultural delegation.

1955 A retrospective of his work is held at the Tate Gallery.

1958 He accepts a knighthood.

1959 Dies in Cliveden, Berkshire.


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Stanley Spencer - Selected Works

1911 John Donne Arriving in Heaven, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum

1914 Zacharias and Elizabeth, London, Tate

1914 Self Portrait, London, Tate

1919 Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station, London, Imperial War Museum

1919 Swan Upping at Cookham, London, Tate

1920 Christ Carrying the Cross, London, Tate

1921 Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, Leeds City Art Gallery

1924–27 Resurrection: Cookham, London, Tate

1934 The Dustman (The Lovers), Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery

1934 Murals for the Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Sandham Memorial Chapel

1935 St Francis and the Birds, London, Tate

1947–50 The Resurrection: Port Glasgow, London, Tate

1959 Self Portrait, London, Tate

Stanley Spencer - Featured Paintings

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