Art & Coffee at The Beaumont (20th February 2020): Stanley Spencer’s Visions of Cookham

Art & Coffee Mornings

at Southgate Beaumont

15, Cannon Hill, London N14 7DJ

Join us for coffee and conversation as we explore paintings through the ages!

Thursday 20th February, 10.30-11.30am

The Cookham Visions of Stanley Spencer

Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE RA (1891 – 1959) was an English painter well-known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Spencer referred to Cookham as “a village in Heaven” and fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts – see:

Spencer, Stanley, 1891-1959; Self Portrait

Stanley Spencer: Self-portrait

[1936; The Fitzwilliam Museum; c/o]

The Art & Coffee Mornings are run by Dr ML Banting and open to anyone with an interest in art history and visual culture.

Coffee & biscuits!

For further information please email or by twitter @TheCommonViewer

“In & Around Cookham – The Art of Stanley Spencer” – notes & resources

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (Saturday 29th February, 10.30am)

In & Around Cookham: The Art of Stanley Spencer

Notes & Resources

Stanley Spencer was perhaps one of the most unique artists working in Britain in the early 20th century, his beloved village of Cookham augmented with biblical visions. Today we’ll discuss his remarkable work and eccentric life in the context of the post-war 1920s and the art of his peers.

Spencer, Stanley, 1891-1959; Self Portrait

Self Portrait: Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) [1923; Stanley Spencer Gallery;]

see Stanley Spencer Gallery website

follow: @SpencerCookham on Twitter


Key online picture resources: – and search Stanley Spencer (nb. really useful to chance ‘sort by’ to “old to new” to get them in date order – often has paintings in private collections

There are some clips on BBC i-player: (Cookham Ressurection) (WW2 Clyde paintings)

(sadly a 2 part film on Spencer and the Arena: Stanley Spencer and his Daughters are currently unavailable)


“Stanley Spencer: An English Vision” by Fiona McCarthy [Yale University Press, 1998]

“Stanley Spencer” (Exhibition Catalogue) eds. Timothy Hyman & Patrick Wright [Tate Publishing, 2001]

“Modern English Painters” (Vol. 2) by John Rothenstein [Macdonald & Co. 1984]

“Unquiet Landscape” by Christopher Neve [Thames & Hudson, 2020] (NB this will be our book for Words & Pictures in April 2020)

“Romantic Moderns” by Alexandra Harris [Thames & Hudson, 2010]

Other artists & contexts:

The ‘Neo-Primitives’ of the Slade years included: David Bomberg (1890–1957); William Patrick Roberts (1895–1980); Mark Gertler (1891–1939); John Currie (1883–1914)

Another Christian artist of the time: David Jones (1895–1974) – who lived in an artistic colony with Eric Gill for a while

Spencer’s wife Hilda Carline (1889-1950) was an artist; as were her brothers Richard Carline (1896-1980) & Sydney Carline (1888-1929)

Patricia Preece (1894-1966) appeared to be an artist, but actually her work is by Dorothy Hepworth (1898-1978)

Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979) – also an artist and there are murals by him at Balliol, Oxford.

LS Lowry (1887-1976) – an interesting exercise in ‘compare & contrast’

Please let me know of other resources you find interesting!

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email or via twitter @TheCommonViewer


Into The 20s with Nina Hamnett and her peers… Notes & Resources (Beecroft, Jan 2020)

Into The 20s with Nina Hamnett and her peers… Notes & Resources

The Beecroft Gallery, January 2020


Nina Hamnett



Laughing Torso: Reminiscences of Nina Hamnett [Nina Hamnett, 1932; Constable & co.]

Is She A Lady? [Nina Hamnett; 1955; Allan Wingate]

Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia [Denise Hooker; 1986; Constable & Co.]


Nina Hamnett as Muse

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) Torso [1914; Tate]

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: The Dancer [1913; Tate]

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) The Little Tea Party (Nina Hamnett & Roald Kristian) [1915; Tate]

For Roger Fry’s portrait of Nina Hamnett, see


Omega Workshop

Nina Hamnett’s Paintings


Vanessa Bell and Charleston

Nancy Cunard

Other artists

(again the websites and are always the best places to start from)

Adrian Allinson (1890-1959)

Duncan Grant (1885-1978)

Sylvia Gosse (1881–1968)

Spencer Gore (1878-1914)

JD Fergusson (1874-1961)

SJ Peploe (1871-1935)

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Helen Saunders (1885-1963)

Gwen John (1876-1939)

Laura Knight (1877-1970)

Augustus Edwin John (1878–1961)

Brett (The Hon. Dorothy Eugenie Brett, 1883-1977)

(Dora) Carrington (1893-1932)

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)

Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

Marie Vassilieff (1884-1957)

Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950)

Ethelbert White (1891–1972)

Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979)

Edward Wadsworth (1889–1949)

Delores Courtney (no dates)

John Banting (1902-1972)

Alvaro Guevara (1894-1951)

Marie Laurencin (1883-1965)

Ambrose McEvoy (1878–1927)

Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)

Constantin Brancuși (1876-1957)

Barbara Ker-Seymer (1905-1993)


Other books

and music

“Façade” – Edith Sitwell and William Walton

Unfortunately I can’t find any recording of Henry Crowder’s jazz band


I hope this has been useful, please let me know what else you discover!

Words & Pictures: Simon Mawer’s “The Glass Room”

The Words & Pictures Book Club

Monday 10th February, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are part of the story.

book6For our February meeting, we travel to former Czechoslovakia and the architectural wonder of the Landauer House, shining with steel and glass and onyx. It’s been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of early 1930’s modernism quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee their home. But the house’s story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied by the beautiful, austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed.

Haunting and mysterious – Jane Shilling, The Telegraph

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place:

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

#IntoThe1920s #ArtReading

Just a quick ‘listing’ of some of the fabulous books out & around at the moment that have relevance to art, artists & inter-war British culture…

Books on Nina Hamnett specifically are quite hard to come by (Inter-Library loans) but there are two autobiographies “Laughing Torso” and “Is She A Lady?” as well as Denise Hooker’s “Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia”.

On Nancy Cunard, there are two biographies: Anne Chisholm’s “Nancy Cunard” and Lois Gordon’s “Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist”. “Selected Poems” is available and, coming up, a US publication: “Nancy Cunard: Perfect Stranger” by Jane Marcus – and what a cover photo by Curtis Moffat, circa 1925 (see:


Please feel free to suggest further titles I might include. Happy #ArtReading!