Gilbert Spencer was a committed landscape painter, adding his unique voice to the great tradition of English pastoral painting. The Secretary of the Royal Academy, Sidney Hutchinson, remarked that Spencer ‘might well be called the John Constable of theTwentieth Century.’
This painting is thought to show barns at Cookham; the home village of Gilbert and Stanley Spencer. Less interested than Stanley in the drama of human passion, however, the novelty of Gilbert’s work lies in his fascination with landscape, and in the incidents of everyday life in rural England.
Another work by Spencer, entitled ‘Fernlea, Cookham’ is part of the Government Art Collection.