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Portrait of the Madonna

Date made: 1942

Description: Oil on board portrait of the Madonna, with barbed wire fence visible in background.

Signed and dated 'Sorgiani 1942 IOM'.

According to the 1939 Register, Giuseppe Sorgiani was born 19 February 1889, living at 23 Earnshaw Street, Holborn, London. He was an unemployed canvas artist.

Information was received in 2012 from a Mrs Quine who has another Sorgiani painting. Sorgiani was interned in Peel and c.1943 was in the battery hospital for internees in Peel. He was so grateful for the care that he received from Mrs Quine's aunt that he gave her the painting. Sorgianni also prepared the frontispiece illustration for a Catholic prayer book 'Benefica Fede' produced in Onchan Camp in 1940. The background of that work and this work are similar. Giuseppe Sorgiani died in 1952 in Pembrokeshire, aged 63.

Measurements: unframed artwork: 45 cm x 34.5 cm

Materials: oil on board

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2004-0030



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