Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) was one of the outstanding painters of the twentieth century. Highly controversial and single-minded in the pursuit of his personal vision, he often suffered neglect and hostility, and has tended to be seen as an eccentric visionary working within an essentially English tradition. However, with the recent rapid growth of his reputation, Spencer's contribution to British art and his true stature as an artist are now internationally recognized.
This major work of scholarship is the fullest account yet published of Spencer's career and provides a unique catalogue indispensable to scholars, dealers, collectors and the increasing numbers of Spencer enthusiasts. Nearly 500 paintings are catalogued and illustrated.