Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer

Windsor and Maidenhead


Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ

Tel: 01628 531092

Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer.  Image of Hilda Carline.  Copyright: (c) Estate of Hilda Carline


The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham is delighted to announce that it is to reopen on May 17th 2021 at 10.30 am. 

The current exhibition: ‘Love, Art, Loss, the Wives of Stanley Spencer ‘ shows works inspired by his relationship with two women, both of whom became his wives. It was widely praised on its opening last year in many leading newspapers and journals. As The Saturday Times reviewer wrote, “the first show to look at the artistic impact of the painter's doomed marriages tells a gripping story.”

Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece became part of one of the most compelling art historical stories of the 20th century, and Spencer’s paintings convey the joys, sorrows and complexities of those relationships.  

All three were artists. Hilda’s assured early Self-Portrait (Tate), Spencer’s masterly portrait of Patricia (Southampton City Art Gallery) and a little known Self-Portrait of Patricia’s love Dorothy Hepworth bring together powerful images to tell the story of this complicated trio.

His home village of Cookham played its part in the drama - Spencer hoped at one point that he, Hilda and Patricia could all live together in the village in a way he claimed was essential to his artistic development...find out the end of the story with a visit.

The Exhibition will be open from 10.30 – 17.30 daily until October 29th 2021.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.00 per ticket
Art Fund£3.00 per ticket
Senior/Student£4.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print guides, Gallery guide is available in large print.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Children’s packs
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Capacity limit - Only 10 visitors allowed per time on a first come, first served basis
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system

Establishment Features

  • Air conditioning throughout
  • All weather attraction
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement

Parking & Transport

  • On street parking only
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Pre-booking essential preferably Mon-Fri, mornings. Groups of 25 and over may be split NO GROUP RATES
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 6
  • Open by appointment only - Extra Charge
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Village Location

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


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