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This pair of oil paintings is part of a series of works which Keith Coventry describes as 'abstract history paintings'. Listening to the stories of football hooligans, Coventry became aware that with each retelling of their story the protagonist elaborated their tale, making themselves appear more heroic. He cross-referenced this behaviour with the way Romans fought and told their tales of battle. Hence we have one part of the work with the inscription on gold at the bottom: 'A SINGLE LUTON FAN HELD AT BAY THE ATTACKING MILLWALL FANS, MARCH 1985' and 'A SINGLE ROMAN, HORATIUS, HELD AT BAY THE ETRUSCAN ARMY OF LARS PORSENA, 6TH CENTURY BC'.
oil on canvas with gold leaf
H 84.5 x W 59 cmH 84.5 x W 59 cm
presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1996