Stanley Spencer Gallery Winter Exhibition
PUBLISHED: 15:18 04 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 20 February 2013
Stanley Spencer Gallery Winter Exhibition - the Barbara Karmel Bequest. This new exhibition runs from November 4th 2010 – 27th March 2011 at the Cookham Gallery...
The Stanley Spencer Gallery Winter Exhibition opens on November 4th and features the works received in 1995 in the exceptionally generous Barbara Karmel Bequest. Works from the Bequest, which has become a cornerstone of the collection, have featured in all the exhibitions since then. On this occasion, they are grouped together to mark the publication of the 2nd edition of the Barbara Karmel Bequest catalogue. Bequests such as these enable small, independent museums to thrive.
The Barbara Karmel Bequest consists of four oil paintings and eight drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer In 1942, Spencer noted of his youth, My romances are as follows Promenading Cookham village with Dot & Emmy [Wooster]. Feel very much in love with them & gaze up very much at their window.1 Dot (Dorothy) appeared in several important early works the first of which, The Fairy on the Waterlily Leaf, is joined in this exhibition by four portrait drawings featuring either Dorothy or members of her family.
In addition, a group of juvenile drawings predating his student years at the Slade (three of which were given to Dorothy) afford an insight into his artistic origins. His later skill in portrait drawing is seen in Portrait of Alice Greville , the wife of photographer Norman Greville whose firm took Spencers wedding photograph in 1937. A number of these works are on show to the public for the first time.
The exhibition is augmented by a number of other paintings by Stanley Spencer from private collectors who have so kindly lent works to the exhibition.
All the works in the exhibition are by Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE, RA (1891-1959), except for a portrait of Stanley by his daughter Unity Spencer and a portrait of Dorothy Wooster by his brother, Gilbert Spencer RA (1892-1979).
November 4th 2010 27th March 2011
Thursdays to Sundays 11.00 am 4.30 pm
Thursday 23rd December 2010 2nd January 2011