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This work was executed while Spencer was staying with Daphne and her husband in the Gloucester village, Leonard Stanley. According to Spencer, he met Daphne, at a party given by C. R. W. Nevinson and he became a regular visitor to the Charltons' house in Hampstead. In 1939, the Charltons invited Spencer to join them in Leonard Stanley and Spencer’s stay at the White Hart Inn lasted until 1941. Spencer and Daphne spent their time painting together and this work was a collaboration they produced as a poster for the village hall. Daphne later recalled that she had painted the background representation of Cookham, the ‘dragonfly’ planes and probably the five-pronged fork. When she had finished her part and began to colour in a potato, she was ‘soundly slapped’ by Stanley and ordered away to make tea.

Jerwood Collection



Dig for Victory




pencil & watercolour on paper


H 76.3 x W 56.4 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased, 1993

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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Jerwood Collection

London, Greater London England

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