Saturday, March 23, 2013
British Town Gardens by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959
Stanley Spencer was from the small village of Cookham in southern England. He referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven." For Spencer, the simple village was "a holy suburb of Heaven." where God was a living & breathing reality. Except his World War I service in Greece, he never really left Cookham. While attending the Slade School of Art in London, he commuted back to Cookham by train each day. He was able to portray the landscape of the town with great accuracy, but when he added figures to his townscapes, Cookham became the setting for scenes from the Bible using the townsfolk as the characters from the scriptures.