THE MONTH OF DECEMBER: FETCHING HOLLY 1926
Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959)
- 51 X 42 CM
- INK ON PAPER, SQUARED UP FOR ENLARGEMENT
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In 1926 Spencer was commissioned by Chatto & Windus to provide 25 pen and ink drawings on domestic and pastoral themes for A Chatto & Windus Alamanack for 1927. Spencer had completed most of the drawings by May of that year and the Almanack was published in October. The works were printed at the Curwen Press,London in an edition of 3,000 with paper covers and 250 in a de luxe edition. Public reaction to the publication was at first mixed, but newspaper reviews were uniformally favourable, describing the drawings as ‘impish and attractive’, ‘charming’ and ‘delightful’.
Most of the drawings were sold or given away. Some, like the work here, were squared up for eventual transfer to canvas; Spencer frequently used old studies in this way, recycling them when the design fitted into a new scheme. Two copies of the Almanack, annotated in Spencer’s hand, are held in the Tate archives. Chatto & Windus republished the Alamanckin 1983.
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