Hilda and I at Burghclere

Hilda and I at Burghclere - Stanley Spencer

There’s so much going in this painting by Stanley Spencer, from the preparations for bathing the baby to the detailed textures of the clothes, the wicker chair, the fireguard, and the weave of the rolled-up mat. It has an immediacy that puts me right there in the room.

The cat, a streak of fur in pursuit of the mat, steals the scene. Irresistible.

Here is a selection of his paintings, set to music, which complements them perfectly.