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Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere Paul Gough

Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere

Paul Gough

Published July 5th 2007
ISBN : 9781904537465
Paperback
208 pages
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Stanley Spencer was one of Britain s greatest twentieth-century artists. He became famous for two things: his celebration and immortalisation of his home town of Cookham in Berkshire - his heaven on earth as he lovingly called it - and the fusion inMoreStanley Spencer was one of Britain s greatest twentieth-century artists. He became famous for two things: his celebration and immortalisation of his home town of Cookham in Berkshire - his heaven on earth as he lovingly called it - and the fusion in his paintings of sex and religion, the heavenly and the ordinary. In 1915 Spencer left home to serve as a medical orderly in the Beaufort Military Hospital in Bristol. Aged 24, he had rarely stayed away overnight from home. For ten months he scrubbed floors, bandaged convalescent soldiers and carried supplies around the vast, former lunatic asylum. In 1916 he signed up for overseas duty in Macedonia, where he saw violent action up to the eve of the Armistice. Five years after the war, Spencer started making large drawings of a possible memorial scheme based on his wartime experiences. So extraordinary were his sketches, and so committed was he to realising them in paint, that the Behrend family became his patrons, funding a purpose-built memorial ch