Mario Graziani, Catalogo generale ragionato dai documenti dell'Archivio Afro, Rome, 1997, p. 189, no. 415, illustrated in color
Laurance and Isabel Roberts were important figures in the international arts scene, particularly after WWII. Laurance was appointed director of the Brooklyn Art Museum in 1938. When he was called away from his post during the war to serve in Army Intelligence, his wife Isabel took over the directorship of the museum. After the war, Laurance was appointed Director of the American Academy in Rome, where he greatly increased the importance of the Academy. In Rome, the Roberts were also known for their dinners and parties characterized by a lively mix of artists, musicians and the toast of international society.