|Stanley Spencer - Bedmaking, oil on canvas, 1932|
|Frostbite ~ oil on canvas, 1932|
|Tea on the Ward ~ oil on canvas, 1932|
|Bedmaking ~ detail|
I don’t know if it was intentional but all Spencer’s characters seem to be lost in their own thoughts, separate from each other. There seems to be very little acknowledgement between them (Ablutions is a good example). They are preoccupied with what they’re doing, perhaps daydreaming about home and loved-ones as they repeat the daily routine, so practised as to need little concentration. I can only try and imagine what it must have been like; I'm sure that like those in the paintings, I would have followed Spencer in focusing on the 'very happy imaginative feelings' found in the insignificant daily round rather than the desolation of WWI.