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Spencer’s work embraced religious and figure studies, landscapes and portraits. Born at Cookham, Berkshire, he trained at the Slade School, London from 1908–1912. 'The Betrayal' is set at the rear of the Spencer family home in Cookham; Stanley and his brother Gilbert are shown watching the event from the wall to the right. The subject is the betrayal of Christ and at the moment depicted Peter has raised his sword to cut off Malchus’s ear (centre) but Jesus (the bulky figure by the gate) restrains him.

Ulster Museum





oil on canvas


H 122.7 x W 137.2 cm

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purchased with proceeds from the sale of the Lloyd Patterson Bequest, 1929

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Ulster Museum

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