Domestic Scenes: At the Chest of Drawers - 1936

Painting, oil on canvas 20in x 26in

 

This belongs to the 'Marriage at Cana' series for the 'Church House'. Two guests, Stanley and Hilda, choose clothes to wear to the wedding feast. Ironically, Spencer decided to celebrate the joys of marriage at the time his own actions were leading to his divorce. He presented himself as a tiny man dominated by an exaggeratedly large woman, a favourite theme at the time.

Lent by Private Collector