Hilda Spencer

English (1889 - 1950)
Hilda Spencer (nee Carline) Stanley Spencer 1931 © Estate of Hilda Carline. All Rights Reserved 2018 / Bridgeman Images

Biography

Born 1889
Died 1950
Nationality English

Hilda Spencer is probably best known as the wife and beloved muse of Stanley Spencer. However, she was an artist in her own right and came from an artistic background: both of her parents and her two brothers were artists. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where Stanley also studied. They were married in 1925 after a stormy courtship and divorced in 1937. Hilda Spencer produced mainly landscapes and portraits. Her early work was influenced by Post-Impressionism, and her later work was influenced by her husband.