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Camp at Karasuli (North Wall)

Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE, RA (Cookham 1891– Cliveden 1959)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1930 - 1931

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

7930 mm (Width)

Place of origin

Burghclere

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Collection

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire

On show at

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire, London and South East, National Trust

NT 790184

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Camp at Karasuli by Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE, RA (Cookham 1891– Cliveden 1959). The canvas along the top of the North wall illustrates a camp in the early morning with men cooking breakfast or carrying stones for the Serres military road, which is winding through the background of the picture. The soldier in the extreme right is driving a stake into the ground, using sacking to deaden the sound - the figure is Spencer himself. Another man is collecting discarded newspaper ('The Balkan News'). 'Rubbish is always rubbish, however you collect it', was Spencer's terse comment after receiving a reprimand for not picking up paper in an orderly manner. Other incidents depicted in this canvas include a soldier washing an officer's shirt and a dog foraging amongst empty tins of bully beef. ,

Provenance

Given with the chapel by John Louis Behrend (1881- 1972) and Mary Sandham Behrend (1884 - 1977), 1947

Makers and roles

Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE, RA (Cookham 1891– Cliveden 1959), artist

References

Bell 1992 Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Phaidon Press, London 1992, p.423 Carline 1978 Richard Carline. Stanley Spencer at War, London, Faber and Faber, 1978, p.197 Behrend 1965 George Behrend, Stanley Spencer at Burghclere, London, MacDonald, 1965, p.31-32 Robinson 1990 Duncan Robinson, Stanley Spencer, Phaidon, Oxford, 1990, p.41 Pople 1991 Kenneth Pople, Stanley Spencer: A Biography, Harper Collins London, 1991, p.132-134, 139-141

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