Erotic letters reveal Stanley Spencer's colourful and complicated love life

By Dalya Alberge

Painter's longing for woman he divorced to marry gay fellow artist is laid bare in newly released cache of private material

He was a master of 20th-century British art, famed for the vivid recreations of his Berkshire home. And, according to a newly released cache of love letters, the late Sir Stanley Spencer had a private life as colourful as his paintings.

Hundreds of letters and artist's notes for an unrealised autobiography are to be published for the first time, shedding new light on the painter more than half a century after his death.

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