RED KITE ASCENDING AT COOKHAM

Red Kite over Cookham
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm. (plus frame)

Price : £1,950.00 (inc. VAT)

An homage to Stanley Spencer  (Milvus milvus)

Cookham, the more-than spiritual home of the legendary artist Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), is now also home to a colony of Red Kites. In 17th century Britain, Red Kite were ubiquitous scavengers. Shakespeare’s King Lear describes his daughter Goneril as a detested Kite. He wrote, “when the kite builds, look to your lesser linen” in reference to them stealing washing hung out to dry in the nesting season. Red Kites are a huge presence, over two feet long with a wing span of up to six feet. Spencer regarded Cookham as a ‘Village in Heaven’; many of his compositional paintings grew from his ‘notions’ of early village life and appear throughout his work. Today, one can follow in his footprints, to the places that inspired his extraordinary imagination. Friends, relatives and heavenly visitors form the basis of many of the characters immortalised in his pictures. The story goes that a Crow flew down the chimney at the moment of his birth, flapped around and flew out of the open window – the family took that as a good omen. Stanley Spencer lived for, and died in, Cookham; here the Red Kite begins its holy ascension as a tribute to the great man.