The Chairman of the British Executive Committee for the Exhibition was Lady Chamberlain and her husband. Sir Austen, was one of the Honorary Vice-Presidents. Southall had been expelled from the Labour Party in 1927 for supporting a Communist candidate against Austen Chamberlain. The fact that then exhibition assembled in London many of Southall's favourite works of art was rather ironic since, as Abbie N. Sprague points out, under Lady Chamberlain's chairmanship the exhibition became a forum in proclaiming the glories of Mussolini's Italy. Mussolini himself headed the list of the honorary Italian Honorary Committee of the exhibition.
Breeze, George, Peyton Skipwith, and Abbie N. Sprague. Sixty Works by Joseph Southall 1861-1944, from the Fortunoff Collection. London: The Fine Art Society, 2005. [This catalogue can be obtained from the Fine Art Society, which can be reached by telephone [020 7629 5116] and e-mail [art at faslondon.com (replace "at" by "@")].
Skipwith, Peyton. "Peace, Politics and Painting." Country Life (January 30, 1992).
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