Francis Souza was born Goa in 1924 and died in New York in 2002.  He was a founder member of the Progressive Arts Group, formed following Independence in 1947.  Francis greatly appreciated the Mobile Art Gallery, supplying nick with work from 1963 till he went to New York in 1970.  He had considerable success in the sixties in London, having several one man shows at both Victor Musgrave`s Gallery One and The Estorick`s Grosvenor Gallery. Francis was a charming though controversial figure, much of his work having a religious or sexual theme, inspired by the traditional carvings on the temples of India.  The Treadwell library includes his book by Edwin Mullins, published in 1962, in which the dedication reads… To Nick, and our happy meeting in the Mobile Art Gallery, Belsize Park, 1963.