Explore the influence of Stanley Spencer's broad spectrum of patrons on his work.
At the turn of the 20th century, collecting art was no longer the preserve of the aristocracy and the upper classes. Spencer's work was collected by fellow artists, businessmen and politicians, some of the most important cultural figures and taste-makers of the time. Many of his patrons lived in Cookham, where he lived and found artistic inspiration.
This exhibition will examine the often complex relationships between Spencer and his patrons and what drove them to collect his work. It will also look at how his popularity was a product of the zeitgeist, characterised by social and economic anxiety.
A spectacular collection of loans are brought together, including The Centurion’s Servant, Tate; Love on the Moor, Fitzwilliam; John Donne Arriving in Heaven, Fitzwilliam, and one work not seen in the public domain in over 50 years.