Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

15 Feb 2014 – 14 Jun 2014

Chichester, United Kingdom


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  • Chichester Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Pallant House Gallery. There are many direct links from London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant.

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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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