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Press release

Stanley Spencer and the English garden

Saturday 25 June – Sunday 2 October 2011

Compton Verney’s unique blend of art expertise, Georgian architecture and breathtaking historic landscape makes it the ideal setting for an important new exhibition on one of Britain’s best-loved artists: the eccentric, quintessentially English genius Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959).

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden, will focus on Spencer’s gorgeous garden views and landscapes of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Spencer’s luscious garden pictures, which have often been overlooked by critics in favour of his more visionary subjects, are not just beautiful oils.

Spencer’s virtuoso treatment of this highly accessible and enormously attractive subject demonstrates the artist’s immense feeling for, and understanding of, the way the English landscape and the traditional English garden were changing during the twentieth century, and how contemporary building development was redefining or even eradicating familiar environments. They also chart his personal vision of the garden as ‘private heaven’.

The exhibition will be curated by Compton Verney’s Director, Dr Steven Parissien, and Dr Martin Postle, Academic Director of Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Notes to editors

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    Compton Verney is open from 26 March – 11 December 2011, Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm.

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    Admission to Compton Verney including this exhibition is £13.20 Adults, £10.50 Concessions, £2.00 Children, £26.00 Family. Under 5s are free. Admission includes entry to the collections, grounds and the exhibition.

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    For tickets and information see www.comptonverney.org.uk or call 01926 645500

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    The gallery is home to six permanent collections and a changing exhibition programme.

For press information contact Sam Skillings T: 01926 645 541 E: press@comptonverney.org.uk

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