‘Heaven in a Hell of War’


from the easel...

This week has seen many events marking the one hundred year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and remembering those who gave their lives. It is fitting then that the Sandham Memorial Chapel which is home to Stanley Spencers powerful cycle of paintings which depict scenes from his own wartime experiences should re-open it’s doors to the public following a major renovation.

It has been my intention to visit the chapel for many years and so far have not managed the trip, so I was thrilled to hear that the paintings, though minus the remarkable altar wall painting of The Resurrection of the Soldiers were to tour to London’s Somerset House and the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

I first visited the paintings in Somerset House last Autumn and was both staggered and humbled by the power of these works. They were placed as they would be…

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