SIR STANLEY SPENCER, R.A.
1891 - 1959
BEATITUDE 3: SEEING
oil on canvas
unframed: 54 by 50cm.; 21¼ by 19¾in.
framed: 73.5 by 69cm.; 29 by 27in.
Executed in 1938.
We are grateful to Carolyn Leder for her kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd:
The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to a relatively modern, keyed wooden stretcher with one central horizontal stretcher member. The tacking and turnover edges have been reinforced with a strip-lining. There is a small horizontal repair to the canvas in the upper right quadrant as seen from the reverse. This appears entirely stable. The structural condition would appear sound and secure.
The paint surface has an even, slightly glossy varnish layer. The paint surface displays scattered networks of slightly raised craquelure within the female figure's flesh tones and the white sheet. These appear stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows extensive carefully applied retouchings throughout the composition, including a horizontal retouching within the female figure's chest which corresponds to the repair visible on the reverse. The retouchings can be seen in the UV images accompanying the report. It should be noted that the retouchings have been carefully applied and do not appear to be excessive.
The painting would therefore appear to be in stable condition and the extent of the retouchings should be noted.
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Arthur Tooth & Son Ltd., London
Sir Edward Hayward, Adelaide, by 1948
Sale, Christie's, London, 1 March 1968, lot 179, where acquired by D. W. Hughes
Acquired from the above, 9 July 1968, and thence by descent to the present owner
Maurice Collis, Stanley Spencer, Harvill Press, London, 1962, p. 245
Carolyn Leder, The Early Work of Sir Stanley Spencer: An Examination of the Influences on his Art, unpublished M.A. Report, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1968, p. 35, illustrated pl. 10
Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Phaidon Press, London, 1992, no. 274c, illustrated p. 460
Adrian Glew (ed.), Stanley Spencer: Letters and Writings, Tate Publishing, London, 2001, p. 186