Stanley Spencer and the English Garden
Artist(s): Stanley Spencer
Author(s): Keith Bell, Jeremy Gould, Martin Postle
Year published: 2011
Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour
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The English painter Stanley Spencer is perhaps best known for his mystical biblical scenes and candid self-portraits, but it was his magnificent paintings of gardens, houses and landscapes, set in the small alleys and overgrown backyards of his home village of Cookham, which proved more popular during his lifetime. Published to accompany an exhibition at the stately home of Compton Verney, this book is the first to focus specifically on Spencers landscape paintings, and to consider them as a group, rather than as punctuation marks between the figure paintings.