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Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of the outstanding painters of the twentieth century. Highly controversial and single-minded in the pursuit of his personal vision, he often suffered neglect and hostility, and he has tended to be seen as an eccentric visionary working within an essentially English tradition. However, with the recent rapid growth of his reputation, his contribution to British art and his true stature as an artist are now internationally recognized. Keith Bell's comprehensive and detailed catalogue raisonne of Spencer's work was recognized as a major contribution to Spencer studies when it was published in 1992, and it remains the essential reference work for serious scholars; but for those who would rather enjoy the many superb illustrations and the illuminating narrative for their own sake (without the detailed survey of Spencer's oeuvre which appears in the original), a second edition is now being issued in paperback at a highly competitive price.