Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
T01207 Turk’s Boatyard, Cookham c.1931
Canvas, 25 x 30¿ (63.5 x 76.5).
Bequeathed by Mrs I. M. Andrews 1970.
Coll: Purchased by Mrs Andrews from the artist through the Goupil Gallery, 1931.
Exh: The Goupil Gallery Salon, Goupil Gallery 1931, (73) as ‘Turks Boat-house, Cookham’.
In an undated letter to Mrs Andrews, written at Burghclere, the artist wrote that her purchase of this picture came at an opportune moment as he had many expenses to meet; these included the costs of a recent operation and of buying a house for £1,000; the purchase agreement for the house arrived by the same post as Mrs Andrews’s letter mentioning her purchase. In his biography of Spencer, 1962, Maurice Collis writes (pp. 100–1): ‘In the course of 1930 and 1931 Spencer made visits [from Burghclere] to Cookham... He was looking for a house to buy... After a stay of a month in October 1931 he decided on Lindworth... Early in 1932 he bought it for £1,000..…