Sir Stanley Spencer Self-Portrait 1914

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1914
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 630 x 510 x 20 mm
frame: 818 x 699 x 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1953
Reference
N06188

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This is Spencer's first self-portrait in oils. In its dark and rich colour harmonies and its strongly modelled form, the painting attempts to emulate the style of an Old Master painting. Spencer recalled that he was inspired to paint it in this manner after seeing a reproduction of a head of Christ by an Italian Renaissance artist called Luini. The portrait was painted in the front bedroom of Spencer's family home, Fernlea, at Cookham, Berkshire.

August 2004