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Frostbite

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

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1927 - 1932

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1054 x 1854 mm (41 1/2 x 73 in)

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 790187

Caption

This scene at the Beaufort Hospital is one of the busiest canvases in the chapel. Medical orderlies are shown bustling around patients, one of whom is having his feet scraped, which was one of Spencer’s tasks. One of the orderlies has even sprouted angelic ‘wings’ in the form of the buckets that he carries. Whilst at Beaufort, Spencer was introduced to the Confessions of St Augustine. He advocated that busy-ness brought one closer to God. Spencer used this philosophy to help him during his time at Beaufort Hospital.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Frostbite by Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE, RA (Cookham 1891– Cliveden 1959), 1927. The interior hospital scenes are continued in the lower register of the south wall. This one shows a hospital ward back at Beaufort, where orderlies turn mattresses and change beds whilst a patient with frostbite is attended to by a doctor and assistant. Scraping the patients' feet was one of Spencer's tasks.

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

Exhibition history

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 2013 - 2015 Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, Somerset House, London, 2013 - 2015 Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2013 - 2015

References

Bell 1992 Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Phaidon Press, London 1992, p.423 Stanley Spencer (ed. Keith Bell), Royal Academy of Arts, London with Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980, p.109 Behrend 1965 George Behrend, Stanley Spencer at Burghclere, London, MacDonald, 1965, p.37 Pople 1991 Kenneth Pople, Stanley Spencer: A Biography, Harper Collins London, 1991, p.96-97,122 Gough 2006 Paul Gough, Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere, Samson & Company, Bristol, 2006, p.132-134

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