The Angel, Cookham Churchyard (c.1936-37)
Painting, Oil on canvas, 797mm x 695mm
The statue of the Angel stands at the entrance to Cookham Churchyard, a place of special significance to Stanley Spencer. This is the second version of the painting and is slightly smaller than the first and has a more serene autumnal feel to it. It is the only known instance of Spencer repeating a subject. The work was painted for the artist Gwen Raverat, grand daughter of Charles Darwin, whom Spencer had met and become friendly with at the Slade.
lent by a private collector