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Lot 24

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, British 1891-1959 -   'The Resurrection, Cookham', 1920-21;   oil...

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Lot 24

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA,
British 1891-1959 -
'The Resurrection, Cookham', 1920-21;

Price Realised: £411,800

Estimate: £100,000 - £150,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 24


Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA,

British 1891-1959 -


'The Resurrection, Cookham', 1920-21;


oil and pencil on paper laid down on board, 30.9 x 43.8 cm (ARR)



Henry Lamb (1883 -1960);

Lady Pansy Lamb (1904-1999);

Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London no.6490;

Sir Frederick Hooper (1914-1989);

Dudley William Tooth (1896-1972);

Thence by descent





Royal Academy of Arts, London, 'Stanley Spencer', 20 September - 14 December 1980, cat. no.55;

Tate Britain, London, 'Stanley Spencer', 22nd March - 24th June 2001, no.33;



Royal Academy of Arts, London, 'Stanley Spencer', 1980, cat. no.55, p.75(illus);

Keith Bell, 'Stanley Spencer', Phaidon, 2004, p.50-51 (illus. in colour);

Tate Britain, London, 'Stanley Spencer', 2001, no.33 p.118(illus. in colour);



The Resurrection is perhaps Spencer's most important theme, re-positioning the Biblical narrative of the Last Days to the present day setting of his beloved hometown of Cookham. There is a gentle atmosphere to the scene, with the dramatic translated into the colloquial; for Spencer the divine existed in the everyday.


It is remarkable that the painting was first owned by the artist Henry Lamb, who was a friend and patron of Spencer and the pair had met in 1913. Both artists Lamb and Stanley Spencer joined the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War and were stationed at times in Macedonia. Spencer's masterpiece and perhaps most famous work, 'The Resurrection, Cookham, 192427' (Tate Gallery) was made in a studio borrowed from Lamb in 1922, suggesting why he owned the present work.


There is a label on the reverse of the board with Spencer's note of the painting, which reads, 'Small Study for the Resurrection. In this I discover the meaning of the people leaning on head-stones'.


Spencer would return to the theme repeatedly in his career, most notably in the major composition 'The Resurrection of Soldiers', 1928-29' for Burghclere Chapel. Other key examples include 'The Resurrection, Cookham, 192427' (Tate Galleries), 'The Resurrection of the Good and Bay, 1915' and Port Glasgow Resurrection, 1947-50' (Tate Galleries).

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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