Cookham takes centre stage
After the war, Spencer married and was drawn back to the sleepy village of Cookham. He referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven" and became known for his paintings depicting biblical scenes occurring as if taking place in the village.
Everyday life here was captured in his pictures; cows ambling across the Moor, boatyards on the Thames banks and the hazy meadows that surround the villages. Standing on the causeway over the Moor today gives a view towards the village that hasn’t changed since being captured by Spencer in his painting ‘Cookham Moor’.
Fame but no fortune
During his lifetime, Stanley Spencer was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (1932), awarded a CBE (1950) and knighted shortly before his death in 1959. Financial pressures meant that Spencer had to keep painting and so he remained familiar sight wandering the lanes of Cookham, seeking inspiration, whilst pushing his canvas and easel in an old pram.
Key paintings - Cookham Moor, Cows at Cookham, The Magnolia Tree, View From Cookham Bridge, Swan Upping At Cookham, Patricia at Cockmarsh Hill