Stanley Spencer's success continues as Hilda with Bluebells achieves $583,500



2015-06-26 12:26:39

Stanley Spencer's success continues as Hilda with Bluebells achieves $583,500

One of the artist's greatest depictions of his wife Hilda Carline fascinated collectors at Sotheby's

Following the extraordinary results for the opening day of the Evill/Frost collection at Sotheby's, the second session continued much as expected: that is an ongoing triumph for the works of Stanley Spencer.

In the first session, a work by Lucian Freud: Boy on a Sofa, his early portrait of child burglar Billy Lumley, (who attempt to break into Freud's house, and whom the artist therefore naturally insisted on committing to canvas) set a world record price for Freud of $2.4m.

But it was Spencer, (one of Freud's favourite painters) who took the main plaudits, achieving 4,745,250 (over $7.7m) and 4,185,250 respectively for his works Workmen in the House and The Bathing Pool. The high valueof his works as alternative investments is becoming ever clearer.

Stanley Spencer's Hilda with Bluebells painting Stanley Spencer's evocative painting Hilda with Bluebells

On the second day, there were somewhat more affordable paintings going under the hammer. The two chief lots presented Spencer's wife Hilda:

Hilda with Bluebells, painted in 1955 looks back to the earliest years of the artist's relationship with first wife Hilda Carline, and sees Spencer creating an image which draws on their courtship in and around Hampstead, Hilda's home.

Spencer became particularly keen on painting Hilda after they separated in 1935, and she died in 1950. Both sit on the grass, Hilda captivated by the flowers before her, with Spencer distracted by something away to the left of the picture.

The painting beat its listing of 250,000-350,000 to sell for 361,250 ($583,500) whilst his Portrait of Hilda 229,250 ($370,300).

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it