Artist Alan Sorrell: Procession: Rome, 1931

Artist Alan Sorrell (1904-1974): Procession: Rome, 1931

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Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Procession: Rome, 1931
Unmounted (ref: 3704)

Signed and dated 1931
Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper mounted on cardboard
36 x 51.5 cm (14 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

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Provenance: The artist's son, Richard Sorrell
Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell (ed), Alan Sorrell; the Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist, (Bristol: Sansom & Co.) 2013, pp. 89-90

This picture records a midnight procession in Rome, which Sorrell himself witnessed in January 1930, during the 6-day wedding celebrations of Prince Umberto of Savoy and Princess Maria Jose of Belgium. During these celebrations, which were a glittering show of Italy’s state of well-being and of the power of the Fascist government, a new system of tricolour floodlighting lit up the ancient monuments of Rome.