Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944):
Peace Celebrations, Rustington, 1919
Framed (ref: 2589)
Inscribed ‘Programme, Saturday, July 19, 1919’
Lithographic crayon with sanguine highlights, 22 x 4 in. (56 x 35.5 cm.)
Throughout the Summer of 1919, following the signing of theTreaty of
Versailles (28 June 1919) Peace Celebrations took place across Britain,
usually organised by local Parish Councils with programmes of
thanksgiving, parades, games and dancing.
Belleroche lived in Rustington from 1918, having restored the Manor House which he first acquired in 1914.TheVignette shows Rustington Church upon which the celebrations centred.
This drawing comes from a relatively late period in the artist's oeuvre when he was no longer seeking public recognition, (no Belleroche exhibitions took place between 1914 and 1933).The drawing, however , calls upon Belleroche's earlier work when he was more in the public eye, exhibiting alongside the Impressionists and John Singer Sargent with whom he associated in Paris during the Belle Epoch.