Stanley Spencer sketch/study for ‘Christ Carrying The Cross’ . Drawn in graphite on a cream coloured paper. Christies Studio Stamp on verso indicating authenticity. The paper has some light handing folds else good.
Sheet size 42 x 30cm (16.25 x 12inches
The painting was completed in the early 1920’s. It is in the Tate Gallery’s collection.
‘Spencer was a devout Christian and believed God resided in all things and the miraculous could be found in everyday events. In his paintings, Cookham – the small town on the Thames where he lived – becomes the setting for scenes from the life of Christ and other Christian narratives. This is one of a series of scenes from the Passion of Christ. Carpenters walking down Cookham High Street form a link with Christ’s carrying the cross through Jerusalem.’ Tate Gallery