Stanley Spencer Gallery Patron Saints : Collecting Stanley Spencer exhibition catalogue

Patron Saints : Collecting Stanley Spencer

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Patron Saints: Collecting Stanley Spencer is the companion book to an exhibition at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham - Spencer's spiritual home examining the relationships between Spencer and his patrons and what drove them to collect his work.

Spencer's art appealed to a broad spectrum of art lovers, fellow artists, businessmen and politicians. Many of his patrons lived in Cookham, where he lived and found artistic inspiration, and many of his paintings were influenced by his spiritual feelings for that place. Some bought on spec, others were true patrons, giving him the freedom to fulfil his artistic genius. Most fostered long-lived relationships with the artist, influencing his life and work more than has hitherto been realised. Drawing on archival research and conversations with Spencer's family and descendants of patrons, this publication looks at how collecting habits were affected by war and economic change. 

  • Author: Amanda Bradley
  • Paperback: 72 pages | 70 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911300434
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.5 cm