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Fire Alight
© Estate of Stanley Spencer/DACS 2006

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Fire Alight 1936

Not on display

This work was painted whilst Spencer was working on a series of nine oil paintings called ‘Domestic Scenes’. These paintings show scenes of everyday life around the home, such as dusting, speaking to neighbours in the back garden and going to bed. Made at a time when the artist was seeking a divorce from his first wife, Hilda, the paintings refer to memories of his marriage. This painting is unusual in Spencer’s oeuvre, which consisted primarily of figure paintings, landscapes and portraits. It is likely that when winter weather prevented Spencer from painting outdoors he turned instead to depicting a roaring fire.

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Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Figurative art, Oeuvre


  • Acc. No. GMA 3515
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 50.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989