- New insights into one of the UK's greatest war memorials by one of Britain's best loved painters
- Features new writings by seven authors in six chapters and a select bibliography
- An invaluable resource for anyone interested in modern and contemporary art or the history of the First World War Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) stands as one of the most important English painters of the twentieth century.
Best known for his paintings which elevate ordinary village life to epic, sometimes Biblical grandeur, his most famous large-scale work is the cycle of paintings at Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Hampshire, England, now owned by the National Trust.
Painted entirely from memory the canvas panels chronicle the everyday life faced by millions of soldiers during the First World War, from washing laundry to kit inspection and bed-making.
They offer a unique insight into the domestic and personal, rather than the combative and traumatic, experiences of the battlefield, and are considered by many to be the artist's finest achievement.
This new book, produced to accompany the temporary relocation of the canvases whilst the chapel itself undergoes restoration, includes six new essays by leading experts.
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