Bonfire Night, Lewes. Painting by Philomena Harmsworth

On arrival in Sussex, my first impression was the feeling that ancient lives were still in existence somehow. This was particularly evident in the rickety buildings and tiny alleyways of Lewes. That feeling was embodied during the much-celebrated Bonfire Night march through the streets with lit torches and drumming. I wanted to incorporate the elements of fire, organised anarchy, evocative costumes, the wheels of the carts and the spent torches smoking in columns at the side of the road. These long celebrated rites with the marching of feet build on, and deepen, that initial feeling of mine.

This painting is sold but there is a very short run of limited edition artist’s prints.

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