Sir Stanley Spencer
The Roundabout 1923

Artwork details

Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
The Roundabout
Date 1923
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 521 x 457 mm
frame: 612 x 551 x 50 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1944
Not on display

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This was painted in Henry Lamb's studio at the top of the Vale Hotel, the Vale of Health, Hampstead. The window of the studio overlooked the Hampstead fairground, and Spencer obviously found his imagery there. The Hampstead fairground had been the inspiration for work by other artists such as Richard Carline and Mark Gertler. The roundabout with chairs that Spencer chose to paint was a recent invention, only being introduced to fairgrounds in 1922.

September 1999

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