Stanley Spencer

Christ Delivered to the People

About this artwork

The year 1950 was a difficult one for Spencer. Seeking reconciliation with his first wife, Hilda, he had taken out divorce proceedings against his second wife, Patricia Preece. Preece contested the divorce and, tragically, Hilda died later that year. In the bottom right, the cruel-faced woman with outstretched, grasping hand is probably Preece. Pontius Pilate can be seen sitting on the steps to the left, washing his hands, while Christ is led away. At the top of the scene, the disciples have turned their backs on Christ and scuttle off in a group.

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  • title:
    Christ Delivered to the People
  • accession number:
    GMA 2759
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1950
  • measurements:
    68.80 x 149.00 cm (framed: 84.10 x 163.40 x 9.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1983
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer