The Last Supper – 1920

Painting, oil on canvas, 36in x 48in

The best known of the splendid series of religious pictures Spencer painted during his year’s stay with the Slessers, it was bought by them for £150 and installed in their private chapel in the boat-house. Christ sits before the wall of the grain bin in a Cookham malt-house, while John rests against him at the moment of the breaking of the bread. The other disciples are ranged along the sides of a plain table, their limbs forming a strongly marked pattern. Spencer was pleased with the feeling of seclusion surrounding the sacred event.