Stanley Spencer’s Love Affair with the Thames

Stanley Spencer Picture: View from Cookham Bridge Pic of Stanley Spencers Painting Pic of Stanley Spencers Painting Talk by Keith Le Page from the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham

Tuesday 4 October at 7.30pm
Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX
Tickets: £8 wine and soft drinks available. Box Office Icon

Stanley Spencer was fascinated by the River Thames, and his early morning swims were ‘times for visitations’.  Many of his most famous works incorporate the Thames, including Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta featuring Christ speaking to a congregation from the Horseferry barge, Swan Upping, depicting his imagery of the annual river ceremony, and even the huge Resurrection in Cookham Churchyard, where a Bond’s steam launch transports people being carried on the ‘river of life’, (Stanley’s words). Stanley Spencer was one of the most visionary artists of the 20th century and the Thames was a vital inspiration for many of his works. The talk will show several of Stanley Spencer’s Thames’ paintings and reflect on the context of the compositions.