Spencer, Stanley - 1939 Daphne Charlton and the Tiger rug
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Art and Vision of Stanley Spencer - Kenneth Pople
At a London party in the autumn Stanley met Daphne Charlton “....nearly intellectual....very opinionated ....marvellous cook....rather delightful when she was off the sex”, according to Ian Kellam. She lived in Hampstead with her Slade-lecturer husband George, and by the June of 1939 the threesome had became a ménage-à-trois at the Charlton home in New End Square.
With the voracious Daphne, Stanley seems to have enjoyed untrammelled sex for the first time, indicated by the animal vigour of his painting On the Tiger Rug (Hilda on principle had refused contraception so that he had to practise withdrawal, while the reluctant Patricia removed all of herself up into her head which she buried in a pillow, and sub-let the rest of her shifting body...at high rental, as Stanley told Jas Wood.)
With the onset of war in 1939 the London Slade relocated to Oxford, and the trio of Stanley, Daphne and George moved to a village pub at Leonard Stanley in Gloucestershire