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This portrait was begun when Stanley Spencer was staying in Gloucestershire on a painting holiday with friends and fellow artists Daphne and George Charlton. Stanley and Daphne embarked on an affair when her husband had to return to London at the outbreak of the war. Daphne is painted at close quarters, expressing the intimacy between the couple. The portrait is larger than life-size, enabling Spencer to pore over every inch of her flesh.
oil on canvas
H 51 x W 41 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Abbot Hall, 1994
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL EnglandView venue
02 October 2013