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Month of July: Hilda Smelling a Flower (1926) 1924

Drawing, Pen and ink on paper, 584mm x 436mm
Hilda smelling flower

Spencer took this image of Hilda from his large picture ‘The Resurrection, Cookham’, 1924-6 (Tate), where she appears as one of the newly resurrected in Cookham churchyard who emerge in gentle fashion from their graves. Still standing in her grave, she holds a flower, as ‘she wonders about its scent and with curiosity pushes it against her face.’