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Purchased, 1937. Museums Sheffield
Helter Skelter
Date Made/Found: 1937
Artist: Stanley Spencer , British, 1891 - 1959
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 1075 x 748 x 77mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1849
A fairground normally bustling with life is left empty and boarded up. The eerie stillness symbolises the uncertainty of this time, just before the onset of the Second World War. The year 1937 was also an unsettling time for Stanley Spencer, as he was going through a divorce. This helter skelter was at a fairground that he could see from the window where he lived and worked during the 1920s. It reminded him of a happier time in his life.
Display Location: Graves Gallery

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