John Armstrong (British, 1893-1973) The Dedication (War and Revolution dedicating the emblems of the people to Peace) 62.2 x 62.2 cm. (24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.)
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John Armstrong (British, 1893-1973) The Dedication (War and Revolution dedicating the emblems of the people to Peace) 62.2 x 62.2 cm. (24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.)
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 10,253) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of the late Dr and Mrs Krohn
John Armstrong (British, 1893-1973)
The Dedication (War and Revolution dedicating the emblems of the people to Peace)
signed with initials and dated 'JA 44' (lower right)
tempera on board
62.2 x 62.2 cm. (24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With The Lefevre Gallery, London

    EXHIBITED:
    London, The Lefevre Gallery, Recent Paintings by John Armstrong and Sine Mackinnon, no.10

    John Armstrong had strong left-wing political connections, which can be traced back to the time of the Spanish Civil War when he painted Pro Patria. In July 1945, Armstrong designed a famous poster for the Labour Party General Election and his pictures sometimes reflected his views.

    Within the present work, the seated figure holds a hammer and sickle. Traditionally, the hammer and sickle have been used as part of communist symbolism and its usage indicates an association with Communism, a Communist Party or a Communist state. Interestingly, the present work was originally bought by subscription by readers of Tom Driberg's column in The Daily Herald, which was closely associated with the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Tom Driberg joined the Communist Party at the age of 15 and worked at the Communist Party headquarters during the General Strike in 1925, at which point he had also just started writing for the Sunday Worker, a communist newspaper. Driven by his left-wing political beliefs, he became Chairman of the Labour Party in 1957.The present work was first shown at The Workers Music Association at No.9 Great Newport Street, and afterwards hung a few doors down the road at No.12, which was The National Trades Union Club.
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