The quirky, eccentric Stanley Spencer is increasingly seen as one of Britain’s greatest 20th century artists – not least for the work he did in and after the Great War on the Macedonian front, and in the memorial chapel of Burghclere. This illustrated collection of 31 letters Spencer wrote to his friend Desmond Chute, whom he met during the war, describes his experiences, his memories of his beloved home village of Cookham on the Thames, and sheds a new light on the artist’s development. Chute himself later became a Catholic priest, was a member of Eric Gill’s artistic community at Ditchling in Sussex; and later lived in Italy where he became a friend of the controversial poet Ezra Pound. The editor Paul Gough, an expert on the art of the Great War, sets the letters in their context, and examines the influence that Chute exercised over his friend.
Your Loving Friend, Stanley The Great War Correspondence Between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute
A new light on the life and work of the Great War artist Stanley Spencer is shed in this illustrated edition of his correspondence with his friend Desmond Chute – whose influence over the artist would have a lasting impact.
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