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Title

The scrapheap


Artist

Sir Stanley Spencer

England

30 Jun 1891 - 14 Dec 1959


About

Between 1940 and 1945 Stanley Spencer served as an official war artist and was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to record shipbuilding at Lithgows Shipyard in Port Glasgow. 'The scrapheap' is undoubtedly an offshoot of the shipyard paintings. Rich in pattern and detail, something Spencer became obsessed with in his later works, it confirms his ability to transform the everyday into something remarkable.


Details


Date

1944


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

50.7 x 76.1 cm stretcher; 64.5 x 90.0 x 4.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1944


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7543


Artist information

Sir Stanley Spencer

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England, Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society, November 1944

Contemporary Art Society, London, London/England, Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1944


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer - a complete catalogue of the paintings, London, 1992, 303 (colour illus.). cat.no. 317

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 184 (illus.).

Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 166 (colour illus.), 167 (colour illus.). illustration on pg.167 is a detail

Timothy Hyman, Stanley Spencer, 'Stanley Spencer: Angels and dirt', pg. 10-41, Millbank, 2001, 36, 54, 206, 220-221 (colour illus.). cat.no. 105

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 163. cat.no. 2057

Fiona MacCarthy, Stanley Spencer: an English vision, New Haven, 1997, (colour illus.). cat.no. 46

Andrew Patrizio and Frank Little, Canvassing the Clyde: Stanley Spencer and the Shipyards, Glasgow, 1994, (colour illus.). plate 2

Adelaide Festival of Arts 1966: special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Sir Stanley Spencer', Adelaide, 1966. cat. no. 16