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Bridle Path at Cookham - Stanley Spencer - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Bridle Path at Cookham - Stanley Spencer - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA was an English painter.

Spencer studied at the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village where he was born and spent much of his life.

Spencer referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven" and in his biblical scenes, fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts. Spencer was skilled at organising multi-figure compositions such as in his large paintings for the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series.

Spencer's works often express his fervent if unconventional Christian faith. This is especially evident in the scenes that he based in Cookham which show the compassion that he felt for his fellow residents and also his romantic and sexual obsessions.

Cookham is a historic village on the River Thames in the north-easternmost corner of Berkshire. It is notable as the home of the artist Stanley Spencer. A good amount of common land remains in the parish.

The area has been inhabited for thousands of years. There were several prehistoric burial mounds on Cock Marsh.
By the 8th century there was an Anglo-Saxon abbey in Cookham and one of the later abbesses was Cynethryth, widow of King Offa of Mercia. It became the centre of a power struggle between Mercia and Wessex. There was a royal palace here when the Witan met in 997.

In 1611 the estate at Cookham was the subject of the first ever country house poem, in Aemilia Lanyer's "Description of Cookham".

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