Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Sketch for examination competition, People Seeking After Wisdom, March 1, 1928
Mounted (ref: 3675)
Pencil, ink and gouache on tracing paper, squared
33 x 51 cm (13 x 20 in.)
Provenance: The artist's son, Richard Sorrell
Exhibited: Sir John Soane's Museum, 25 October 2013 - 25 January 2014, Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed.
Literature: Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell (ed), Alan Sorrell; the Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist, (Bristol: Sansom & Co.) 2013, pp.70-77.
This drawing, which has been squared for enlargement, is a ‘working sketch’ in which the details of the groups of figures have been carefully worked out. In its evident geometric construction the drawing perfectly fulfilled the requirements of the Rome Scholarship Competition. However, the mysterious receding landscape background from a high viewpoint shows that Sorrell’s artistic imagination was already emerging.