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This drawing was made at the Slade School of Art, on a subject Stanley Spencer had been set by one of his teachers. He interpreted it broadly, and later wrote 'I have in it wished to say what life was'.

An idealised family, including a huge number of children, gather food from nature. The linking of hands joins the separate groups of males and females; this separation and uniting is echoed throughout the severe design. The farm life is made to look like a Biblical scene.

September 2004