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.