Bellrope Meadow, Cookham
Using a much more natural range of colours than he did in his more imaginative, religious works, Spencer created many landscape paintings. Most of which are views around his birthplace, the picturesque village of Cookham in Berkshire.
Spencer studied at the Slade School of Art in London from 1908 to 1912, commuting daily from his home. He was given the nickname of ‘Cookham’ by his peers as he talked about it so much. Inspiring, informing and influencing not just his work but his life, Spencer remained fascinated with the area his entire life and described it as ‘…the holy suburb of heaven’.
Stanley Spencer was a significant British artist during the first half of the 20th Century whose legacy continues today.