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Transforming Collections: Five works by Stanley Spencer

This episode of Transforming Collections takes an in-depth look at five works by Sir Stanley Spencer at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Over the last four decades, Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation have worked together to help museums and galleries across the UK acquire over 170 works of art and historical interest. In 2013, five important works by Sir Stanley Spencer, spanning some 20 years of the artist's career, were acquired for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

In this short film, Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the museum, shows us around Gallery One, dedicated to early 20th-century British and European art, in which two of the earlier works by Spencer can be found.

She explains how the works have filled a gap in the museum's existing collection of Spencer's work, adding an additional autobiographical context which reveals even more about this most-self-referential of artists.

'The acquisition of these five works can rightly be described as transformative,' Munro says, 'they cover the very part of Spencer's career which we didn't represent very well, particularly the early works.'

Transforming Collections looks at key acquisitions made possible with Art Fund support. The other episodes in the series feature:

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