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Peter Lanyon

Arrest of Hero Naples

Auction Closed

June 7, 03:45 PM GMT


5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot Details


Peter Lanyon

1918 - 1964

Arrest of Hero Naples

signed Peter Lanyon, titled and dated 1945 (on the reverse)

pencil and oil pastel on paper

unframed (sheet): 20.5 by 25.5cm.; 8 by 10in.

framed: 37 by 41cm.; 14½ by 16in.

Executed in 1945.

We would like to thank Martin Lanyon for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.

The Artist's Estate, and thence by family descent to the present owner

My father painted the Arrest of Hero whilst serving with the RAF in 1945. It captures the arrest of the Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano (1922-1950). While the allies were pushing the Nazis out of Southern Italy, Giuliano became a modern-day Robin Hood figure - celebrated across Southern Italy for stealing from the rich to support the starving poor.

Martin Lanyon