Spencer was the reason why Adam Ant studied art - a huge inspiration to him. And, wonderfully, the two men's paths did cross, as Adam told BBC News earlier this year:
"I actually saw Stanley Spencer when I was about four," he said.I was going to hide too - Spencer never collaborated with a beat combo; didn't record an album of Christmas songs; never even created a tumblr with pictures of Jellyhead in it. He never even made it into A House's Endless Art.
"I saw him coming over the bridge with his umbrella and his little pram. We thought he was the bogeyman and we hid."
Luckily, though, Ant isn't the only art school bopper inspired by Spencer. Luke Haines gives him a namecheck on English Southern Man:
[Part of the illustrated Friends]