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Study for The Betrayal (1914)

Drawing, sepia on paper , 564mm x 696mm
Back gardens in Cookham

The Betrayal was composed at a time of great confidence for Spencer who later noted ‘When I left the Slade and went back to Cookham I entered a kind of earthly paradise. Everything seemed fresh and to belong to the morning’.  The scene takes place behind the adjoining gardens of Fernlea, the Spencer family home in Cookham High St and The Nest, the property next door.