Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Sheet of studies of an illustminated manuscript
Unmounted (ref: 3735)
Pencil, pen and ink, gouache on paper
Provenance: The artist's son, Richard Sorrell
This sheet, possibly copied from a manuscript in V&A, was likely created whilst Sorrell was still a student at the Royal College of Art.Alan Sorrell ( attended the Royal College of Art in the mid-1920s during a period which saw the emergence of talents such as Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Henry Moore and Barnett Freedman. Although Sorrell’s work has been less well documented his talent was comparable to that of artists more usually associated with the RCA’s formidable reputation during the interwar years.
Almost no work survives from Sorrell’s period as an RCA student other than the preparatory drawings with which he competed for his 1928 Rome Scholarship.