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The holy box : the genesis of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel

Author: Paul Gough; Carolyn Leder
Publisher: Bristol : Sansom & Co, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sir Stanley Spencer RA CBE worked at the Beaufort Military Hospital as a medical orderly during the First World War. He later served on the forgotten Macedonian Front with a field ambulance unit and an infantry regiment. He saw action, was traumatized and suffered acute bouts of malaria. Five years after the Armistice he started making numerous drawings recalling in great detail his war service. So impressed were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Stanley Spencer, Sir; Stanley Spencer, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Gough; Carolyn Leder
ISBN: 9781911408093 1911408097
OCLC Number: 968294247
Description: 211 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Stanley Spencer: Medical Orderly, Soldier, Patient / Paul Gough --
2. A Life in Letters --
Burghclere's Patrons: John Louis and (Phyllis) Mary Behrend / Amanda Bradley --
3. The God Box': Designing and Building the Chapel / Paul Gough --
4. Sandham Memorial Chapel: the Garden and its Setting / Sarah Rutherford --
5. A Painter's Progress: Spencer's Materials, Methods and Working Routine / Paul Gough --
6. The Interior of the Chapel, its Fittings, Fixtures and Furniture / Sarah Rutherford --
7. A full record of the National Trust archive material relating to the Oratory of All Souls, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, including a transcript of a letter by Hilda Carline, c.1927 --
8. Bibliography, Picture List, Acknowledgements and Index.
Other Titles: Genesis of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel
Responsibility: Paul Gough [and four others] ; with an introduction by Carolyn Leder.

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Sir Stanley Spencer RA CBE worked at the Beaufort Military Hospital as a medical orderly during the First World War. He later served on the forgotten Macedonian Front with a field ambulance unit and an infantry regiment. He saw action, was traumatized and suffered acute bouts of malaria. Five years after the Armistice he started making numerous drawings recalling in great detail his war service. So impressed were two generous patrons, the Behrends, that they built a small chapel near Newbury to house a cycle of paintings. For five years Spencer toiled in the chapel. The resulting murals are quite extraordinary; they stand comparison with the great painted chapels of early Renaissance Italy. The Sandham Memorial Chapel ranks alongside the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and Britten's War Requiem, as one of the most moving monuments to 20th-century war. This book draws extensively on archive material to tell the complicated and often intense relationship between the architect, the patron and the painter. Told by leading academics and curators it offers a rich insight into one of the greatest war memorials in northern Europe.--Page 4 of cover.

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