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Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

Stanley Spencer, 1920, Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

The scene is set in the High Street at Cookham, Spencer's home village to which he had returned following war service with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Although the setting of a religious scene in a contemporary context may seem unconventional, it does in fact have a tradition stretching back to the Middle Ages. This is one of a series of large scale religious paintings which Spencer began in 1920, the same year in which he was invited to submit designs for murals for Leeds Town Hall, a project which never came to fruition. Spencer's is the personal vision of an artist whose beliefs were unorthodox and often disconcerting.