50.7 x 76.1cm stretcher; 64.5 x 90.0 x 4.0cm frame
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.
Contemporary Art Society, London (England, estab. 1910), London/England, Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1944
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd (England), London/England, Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society, November 1944
Ted Gott (Australia) (Author), Laurie Benson (Australia) (Author), Sophie Matthiesson (Australia) (Author), Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 166 (colour illus.), 167 (colour illus.). illustration on pg.167 is a detail
Timothy Hyman (England) (Editor), Patrick Wright (England) (Editor), Stanley Spencer, Millbank, 2001, 36, 54, 206, 220-221 (colour illus.). cat.no. 105
The British Council (England), Stanley Spencer: An English Vision, Unknown, 1997, (colour illus.). cat.no. 46
Peter Tomory (United Kingdom) (Author), Anne Kirker (New Zealand; Australia, b.1947) (Author), British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 163. cat.no. 2057
Andrew Patrizio (Author), Frank Little (Author), Canvassing the Clyde: Stanley Spencer and the Shipyards, Unknown, Apr 1994, (colour illus.). plate 2
Keith Bell (Author), Stanley Spencer - a complete catalogue of the paintings, London, 1992, 303 (colour illus.). cat.no. 317
Renée Free (Australia) (Author), Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 184 (illus.).
Editor Unknown (Editor), Adelaide Festival of Arts 1966: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, Unknown, 1966. cat. no. 16
Sir Stanley Spencer: Adelaide Festival of Arts 1966, National Gallery of South Australia, Mar 1966–Mar 1966.
Artist's Glue, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1985–30 Jun 1985.
Canvassing the Clyde: Stanley Spencer and the Shipyards, Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 29 Apr 1994–07 Aug 1994.
Stanley Spencer: An English Vision, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 09 Oct 1997–04 Jan 1998.
Stanley Spencer: An English Vision, Centro Cultural/ Arte Contemporaneo, 19 Feb 1998–10 May 1998.
Stanley Spencer: An English Vision, San Francisco Museum of Art, 08 Jun 1998–06 Sep 1998.
Stanley Spencer, Tate Britain, 22 Mar 2001–24 Jun 2001.
Modern Britain 1900-1960, NGV: International, 15 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008.