'The god box': Designing and building the chapel

Gough, P 2017, ''The god box': Designing and building the chapel' in Paul Gough, Amanda Bradley, Ann Danks, James Rothwell and Sarah Rutherford (ed.) The Holy Box: the Genesis of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel, Sansom &​ Company, Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 65-103.


Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Book Chapters

Title 'The god box': Designing and building the chapel
Author(s) Gough, P
Year 2017
Title of book The Holy Box: the Genesis of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel
Publisher Sansom &​ Company
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Editor(s) Paul Gough, Amanda Bradley, Ann Danks, James Rothwell and Sarah Rutherford
Start page 65
End page 103
Subjects Art History
Summary Sir Stanley Spencer RA CBE worked at the Beaufort Military Hospital as a medical orderly during the First World War. He later served on the forgotten Macedonian Front with a field ambulance unit and an infantry regiment. He saw action, was traumatized and suffered acute bouts of malaria. Five years after the Armistice he started making numerous drawings recalling in great detail his war service. So impressed were two generous patrons, the Behrends, that they built a small chapel near Newbury to house a cycle of paintings. For five years Spencer toiled in the chapel. The resulting murals are quite extraordinary; they stand comparison with the great painted chapels of early Renaissance Italy. The Sandham Memorial Chapel ranks alongside the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and Britten's War Requiem, as one of the most moving monuments to 20th-century war. This book draws extensively on archive material to tell the complicated and often intense relationship between the architect, the patron and the painter. Told by leading academics and curators it offers a rich insight into one of the greatest war memorials in northern Europe. 'The Holy Box': the Genesis of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317175428_'The_Holy_Box'_the_Genesis_of_Stanley_Spencer's_Sandham_Memorial_Chapel [accessed Jul 4, 2017].
Keyword(s) Stanley Spencer
war
memory
fine art
ISBN 9781911408093
Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 4 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Fri, 05 Jul 2019, 12:33:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us