This work was originally purchased by Lawrence Clark from Gallery One, London. Edward Mullins' seminal 1962 book on Souza mentions Clark as one of the original Gallery One collectors of Souza's work.
In lot 27, Souza juxtaposes a geometric cityscape against a looser more impressionistic rendering of trees and glowing sky. By the steeple structure and arched windows one can deduce that this is an image of a cathedral or church and its vertical orientation could be a gesture towards the ethereal heavens above. The artist's bold use of outline and faceted buildings conjure images of stained glass windows which fascinated him as young boy in Church. This important work which stands almost four feet tall truly demonstrates both Souza's technical ability as a painter and his ability to express a deep and complex range of emotion using only the simplest of life's elements.