Stanley Spencer
© Estate of Hilda Carline. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Stanley Spencer 1931

On Display Modern One

In this drawing of her husband, Hilda makes detailed observations of both head and body. She depicts Stanley day-dreaming but makes no suggestion as to the content of those dreams. Hilda Spencer was a talented artist, although frequently overshadowed by her famous husband. This tender drawing shows her highly skilful draughtsmanship. It was drawn when the Spencers were living at Burghclere in Hampshire, while Stanley was working on the murals for Sandham Memorial Chapel. Around the same time as this drawing was made, Stanley completed a drawing of his wife which complements this work.

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The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.


An artwork or design attached or applied directly to a wall.

Draughtsmanship, Mural


  • Acc. No. GMA 2068
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 50.80 x 35.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1978