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Rare opportunity to see Stanley Spencer Sandham sketches at National Trust's The Vyne



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The Stanley Spencer Sandham sketches are currently on display at The Vyne, Sherbourne St John, near Basingstoke - it is unknown if or when these sketches will be on display again, so absolutely worth a visit if you’re a fan of Sandham or Spencer.

The National Trust has launched a list of 125 objects out of a staggering one million within its collections worthy of special attention. In this list of objects is Sandham Memorial Chapel and the 19 paintings by influential 20th century artist Sir Stanley Spencer.

The chapel is just outside Newbury in the beautiful village of Burghclere, where Spencer created his ‘Holy Box’, a memorial to those who served in the Salonika Campaign during the First World War. To celebrate these paintings, a collection of original sketches are being displayed at The Vyne as part of their 125 treasures exhibition.

View of the south front of The Vyne, picture: National Trust Images John Miller
View of the south front of The Vyne, picture: National Trust Images John Miller

Alongside these sketches, you can see an Ancient Roman ring, Tudor stained glass windows, a Tudor roundel and Lattimo plates from The Vyne’s magnificent collection.

This exhibition is on every weekend until the end of February, entry free, but normal admission charges apply for the property.

Close view of a gold ring at The Vyne, picture National Trust Images, Andreas von Einsiedel
Close view of a gold ring at The Vyne, picture National Trust Images, Andreas von Einsiedel
Glass plate from the Italian set at The Vyne, picture: National Trust Images Andreas von Eisnsiedel
Glass plate from the Italian set at The Vyne, picture: National Trust Images Andreas von Eisnsiedel
Bust of Roman Emperor Probus (d AD 282), who authorised the introduction of vines into Britain at The Vyne, Basingstoke, picture: National Trust Images, James Mortimer
Bust of Roman Emperor Probus (d AD 282), who authorised the introduction of vines into Britain at The Vyne, Basingstoke, picture: National Trust Images, James Mortimer
National Trust The Vyne, picture Virginia Langer
National Trust The Vyne, picture Virginia Langer


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