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Stanley Spencer and the English garden

25 June 2011 to 2 October 2011

Compton Verney’s unique blend of art expertise, Georgian architecture and breathtaking historic landscape makes it the ideal setting for an important new exhibition on one of Britain’s best-loved artists: the eccentric, quintessentially English genius Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959).  Stanley Spencer and the English Garden, will focus on Spencer’s gorgeous garden views and landscapes of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. 

Spencer’s virtuoso treatment of this highly accessible and enormously attractive subject demonstrates the artist’s immense feeling for, and understanding of, the way the English landscape and the traditional English garden were changing during the twentieth century, and how contemporary building development was redefining or even
eradicating familiar environments.  They also chart his personal vision of the garden as a 'private heaven'.

The exhibition will be curated by Compton Verney’s Director, Dr Steven Parissien, and Dr Martin Postle, Academic Director of Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Image: Stanley Spencer, Wisteria, Cookham, 1942, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery,  ©The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All rights reserved DACS.

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Buy the book published alongside the exhibition.

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden £16.99

Available from our shop or online.

Special offer for members and pre-booked groups £10 (offer available in Compton Verney shop only)


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