Sir Stanley Spencer
The Resurrection, Cookham 1924–7

Artwork details

Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
The Resurrection, Cookham
Date 1924–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2743 x 5486 mm
Acquisition Presented by Lord Duveen 1927
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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Spencer believed that the divine rested in all creation. He saw his home town of Cookham as a paradise in which everything is invested with mystical significance. The local churchyard here becomes the setting for the resurrection of the dead. Christ is enthroned in the church porch, cradling three babies, with God the Father standing behind. Spencer himself appears near the centre, naked, leaning against a grave stone; his fiancée Hilda lies sleeping in a bed of ivy. At the top left, risen souls are transported to Heaven in the pleasure steamers that then ploughed the Thames.

July 2007