Oil and pencil on canvas
Spencer, Sir Stanley
Compiled by Phil Young on 5th June 2018. 5th June 2018 Sotheby's, London The painting was examined in London on the above date. Condition is good and sound as discussed below and with reference to the attached annotated image. The painting has been well protected and has no apparent restoration or condition concerns. CONDITION NOTES The painting was not removed from the frame on this examination, the edges were partly covered and there is some sign of the exptected light rubbing against the unprotected frame rebate. The canvas is flat and this has apparently not been subject to restretching or alteration. Tension is good, and there are no apprent dents, bumps or distortions (apart from the slight lines as described below). There is no evidence of any past cleaning, the surface is not varnished and has a good and consistent apperance without blanching or blooming (often seen on Spencer's paintings). As further evidence of the painting surface not having been disturbed are groups and clusters of flyspots, with an unusually long and dense line of spots in the lower right, as marked. The small losses are only apparent on close viewing and may be inherent misses. Likewise, the drip in the lower right may also be inherent, perhaps a darkened deposit of medium. There are some slight raised lines with no associated paint damage in the lower right. No restoration is seen in normal light or UV light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
100 by 153.5cm.; 39½ by 60½in.
Cookham, Cookham Church and Vicarage, Stanley Spencer Exhibition, 31st May - 15th June 1958, cat. no.43 (as Four Girls Listening); Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Bicentennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, 5th December 1958 - 8th February 1959, cat. no.213 (as Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta No VI: Four Girls Listening, lent by the Artist); London, Arthur Tooth & Sons, Critics Choice: 1959 Selection by Terence Mullaly, 15th October - 31st October 1959 (details untraced); Royal Academy, The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, 30th April - 14th August 1960, cat. no.152; Worthing, Worthing Art Gallery, Sir Stanley Spencer R.A., 9th September - 7th October 1961, cat. no.41 (as Punts by the River).
Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer - A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Phaidon Press, London, 1992, pp.225, 230 and 517, cat. no.443, illustrated; Adrian Glew (ed.), Stanley Spencer: Letters and Writings, Tate Publishing, London, 2001, p.262, note 344.
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, where acquired by the family of the present owner in 1959
Property From A Distinguished British Collection