This scene relates to the Last Judgement, when God relegates the souls of the dead to Heaven or to Hell. But in this work, the artist, Stanley Spencer set this biblical episode in a quintessentially English setting: the dead rise from their graves outside the village church of Cookham in Berkshire, where Spencer lived. He called his painting 'The Resurrection, Cookham'. Spencer believed that paradise wasn’t a place that awaited us after our death, but was actually here on earth. As such, he often set his religious scenes in familiar locations, making them immediate and relevant to his contemporaries. This was something he’d seen in Italian Renaissance paintings. In this work, Spencer also included portraits of friends and family, among them his fiancée Hilda, whom he’d marry the following year. There are also two self-portraits: the figure at the bottom right, reclining in a tombstone and wearing a black suit is Spencer, as is the naked man leaning against a grave-stone, just right of the church entrance. There, hidden in the shadows is God the Father, and in front of him, Christ, holding three babies. Just to the left of the portico is a group of black people emerging from sunbaked soil. Their presence implies that Spencer's conception embraces the whole of humanity. And if you look at the top left, you’ll see the souls of the rise being transported to Heaven in the pleasure steamers that at that time travelled up and down the Thames.