Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

Art, Painting
Stanley Spencer: Tea in the Hospital Ward
©The Estate of Stanley Spencer, The Bridgeman Art Library, image ©The National Trust/John Hammond. Tea in the Hospital Ward

A fine collection of wartime paintings from one of our greatest artists

British artist Stanley Spencer spent much of the First World War working as a soldier in a hospital, and this colection of large scale canvasses reflect his own experiences of that time. Spencer depicted the banal daily life that, in comparison to the battlefield, represented a ‘heaven in a hell of war.’

The paintings took six years to create and are generally considered to be Spencer's best work, so it's a rare chance to get close to some of the finest wartime work ever created, especially so as the pieces have never travelled so far north.


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