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Soldiers Washing

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959)

1927

O.1978.1

Title Soldiers Washing
Object type Painting
Date 1927
Artist/maker Stanley Spencer (1891-1959)
Support Canvas
Medium Oil Paint
Dimensions h:694 w:461 mm
Accession Lot Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd, London (purchase, 1978)
Accession number O.1978.1

Collection Theme : Modern Art : War Drawings

Like many galleries throughout England, the Whitworth benefited from the distribution made of war art by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in 1947. However the Gallery’s historic emphasis on works on paper encouraged some of the most important gifts of drawings - most notably watercolours by that most idiosyncratic of artists Eric Ravilious; two powerful drawings featuring miners at work as part of the Home Front initiative by Henry Moore and a watercolour showing 'The Arrival of the Stirlings' (1943) by Paul Nash, still haunted by memories of the First World War. Since the WAAC distribution however the Whitworth has seen war-related art as an area of continuing development, with more recent acquisitions including Stanley Spencer’s important oil painting 'Soldiers Washing' (1927).

Collection Theme : Modern Art : War Drawings

Like many galleries throughout England, the Whitworth benefited from the distribution made of war art by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in 1947. However the Gallery’s historic emphasis on works on paper encouraged some of the most important gifts of drawings - most notably watercolours by that most idiosyncratic of artists Eric Ravilious; two powerful drawings featuring miners at work as part of the Home Front initiative by Henry Moore and a watercolour showing 'The Arrival of the Stirlings' (1943) by Paul Nash, still haunted by memories of the First World War. Since the WAAC distribution however the Whitworth has seen war-related art as an area of continuing development, with more recent acquisitions including Stanley Spencer’s important oil painting 'Soldiers Washing' (1927).