Stanley Spencer drawing of Hilda on light thin cream paper with a water mark and squared up to be transferred for a larger painting. Sketched in a light pencil which is difficult to photograph. Christies Studio Stamp on verso indicating authenticity. Sheet is slightly uneven else very good.
Image size 240 x 280mm (9.25 x 11 inches)
Sheet size 500 x 410mm (19.5 x 16inches
As Spencer often worked from memory and that the paper is of a relative good quality, I suspect this was drawn circa 1925-30. Hilda was Stanley Spencer’s first wife, maiden name was Carline. She trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art and trained under Henry Tonks. They married in 1925 and had two daughters. Due to her duties as a mother, she was unable to continue her painting career until their marriage broke down in the mid 1930’s.