SPENCER (STANLEY) Autograph letter signed ("Stanley Spencer"), to Mrs Whiteford, describing his progress with settling in Cookham, [1945]
Lot 494
SPENCER (STANLEY) Autograph letter signed ("Stanley Spencer"), to Mrs Whiteford, describing his progress with settling in Cookham, [1945]
Sold for £175 (US$ 290) inc. premium
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SPENCER (STANLEY)
Autograph letter signed ("Stanley Spencer"), to Mrs Whiteford, describing his progress with settling in Cookham: "I am gradually getting this cottage straight. I am buying it from my brother on the installment system. I would like the children to be here if & when possible. I am alone and do for myself: it's not too bad with a meal out now & then. The only thing is that there is not a tea shop in Cookham Rise... Two women were at the door the other day to see if I wanted help but as the charge was 2/6 an hour, 3 hours per day for 3 days a week I thought that too much... So I still manage I have a copper & plenty of wood in the garden"; and telling her of the death of Hilda's mother, 3 pages, written in pencil, somewhat creased and soiled, 8vo, Cliveden View, Cookham Rise, [late 1945]

Footnotes

  • The recipient had been Spencer's wartime landlady in Glasgow. He opens the letter by thanking her for sending on some things: "It was nice to hear from you: it reminded me of all the happy times I have had". He had been offered the family cottage by his brother Percy on his return to Cookham in September 1945, and was to remain there until the closing months of his life.
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