An image of The scrapheap

Sir Stanley Spencer

(England 30 Jun 1891 – 14 Dec 1959)

The scrapheap

Location
Modern gallery
Further information

Between 1940 and 1945 Stanley Spencer served as an official war artist and was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to record shipbuilding at Lithgows Shipyard in Port Glasgow. 'The scrapheap' is undoubtedly an offshoot of the shipyard paintings. Rich in pattern and detail, something Spencer became obsessed with in his later works, it confirms his ability to transform the everyday into something remarkable.

Year
1944
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
50.7 x 76.1 cm stretcher; 64.5 x 90.0 x 4.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1944
Accession number
7543
Copyright
© Sir Stanley Spencer/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Provenance
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England, Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society, November 1944
Contemporary Art Society, London, London/England, Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, London 1944