Sir Stanley Spencer

Rickett’s Farm, Cookham Dene

1938

Artist
Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 660 x 1168 mm
frame: 842 x 1346 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1938
Reference
N04942

Not on display

Display caption

This farm was near the Spencers’ home village of Cookham.  During the late 1930s Stanley Spencer painted many local landscapes, and these were his most popular pictures. He complained privately that these landscapes stopped him doing his more imaginative paintings, but it is not difficult to see in them a considerable affection for both the place and the agricultural life. This painting was bought by the Tate Gallery in the year it was finished.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N04942 RICKETT'S FARM, COOKHAM DENE 1938

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 26×46 (66·5×117).
Purchased from the artist through Arthur Tooth & Sons (Clarke Fund) 1938.
Repr: Picture Post, 8 April 1939, n.p. (in colour); Rothenstein, 1945, pl.69.

Cookham Dene (or Dean) is a small hamlet lying west of Cookham village.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II