The Last Supper - 1920

Painting, oil on canvas, 36in x 48in

 

 

The best known of the splendid series of religious pictures Spencer painted during his year's stay with the Slessers, it was bought by them for 150 and installed in their private chapel in the boat-house. Christ sits before the wall of the grain bin in a Cookham malt-house, while John rests against him at the moment of the breaking of the bread. The other disciples are ranged along the sides of a plain table, their limbs forming a strongly marked pattern. Spencer was pleased with the feeling of seclusion surrounding the sacred event.