- Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
- Oil paint and graphite on canvas
- Support: 2007 x 1537 mm
frame: 2195 x 1740 x 60 mm
- Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Lewis was interested in the instinctive behaviour of people in crowds. Here, red stick-like figures appear in groups throughout the composition; two wield a red flag while a third waves a tricolour flag, perhaps indicating protest or the existence of opposing political groups. This painting was also shown under the title Revolution. The overall composition appears to show individuals being overshadowed and lost within the vast machinery and architecture of the city.
Gallery label, March 2018