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15. Feb - 15. Jun 14 / ended Pallant House Gallery

Exhibition | Painting | South East


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Stanley Spencer, Map-Reading, South wall at Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Hampshire © the estate of Stanley Spencer 2013. All rights reserved Bridgeman Artists Copyright Service

Stanley Spencer, Map-Reading, South wall at Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Hampshire © the estate of Stanley Spencer 2013. All rights reserved Bridgeman Artists Copyright Service



Sir Stanley Spencer (1891‐1959) is one of the most important English painters of the 20th century. Best‐known for his paintings which elevate ordinary village life to epic, sometimes Biblical grandeur, his most famous large‐scale work is the cycle of murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, based on his experiences during the First World War, which has drawn such praise as ‘Britain's answer to the Sistine Chapel'.

The major new exhibition, timed to mark the centenary of the First World War, temporarily relocates the paintings to Pallant House Gallery while the chapel undergoes conservation work, offering a unique opportunity to see the paintings at eye level in a gallery setting alongside related studies and drawings.


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