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Stanley Spencer and The English Garden, Compton Verney

Stanley Spencer and The English Garden, Compton Verney

The English artist's lesser-known paintings celebrate the village garden as paradise

'Wisteria, Cookham,' 1942: 'Fecund, exuberant nature can barely be contained by anything manmade'

In his later years, Stanley Spencer cut quite a figure in his native village of Cookham in Berkshire: he would often be seen pushing his rickety pram, with its battered umbrella, paints and canvas, and a hand-painted sign requesting all curious onlookers to desist from disturbing the artist at work. He spent most of his life in the village - even acquiring the nickname “Cookham” at the Slade, since he’d rush back by train after lessons every evening, presumably in time for tea.

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