This lecture will examine the eccentric and visionary world of one of the most creative and imaginative British painters of the 20th century Р Stanley Spencer.

One of the most original British Artists of his generation, Spencer’s art was dominated by his personal life and his profound religious faith. Cookham, his birthplace, was for him and earthly paradise whose people and surroundings possessed a mystical quality. This was the setting for many of his great religious works and he spoke of ‘the rich religious significance of the place I live in’.

Despite the failure of his two marriages, he continued to believe in the power of love and some if his most important works were inspired by his feelings for the two women whom he married. The paintings inspired by his military service in world war , concentrating on hope and redemption rather than on suffering, reveal a similar basic optimism.