Graham Sutherland OM

Sketchbook 16

1947–57

Details

Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Title
Sketchbook 16
Date
1947–57
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Kathleen Sutherland, the artist's widow, in 1981.
Reference
TGA 812/16

Graphite, chalk, crayon, pastel, ink, and watercolour on paper, 96 pages plus covers, 24 pages are missing, 230 x 178 mm

Over half the drawings in this sketchbook, were made in 1947-1948 and include such themes as vine pergolas, palms, maize and banana leaves. There are also some studies for standing forms and heads, and for the figure of Christ and the eagle (Emblem of St. John), for the Coventry tapestry, which must date from 1949-1954. Sutherland returned to the sketchbook again in 1957 when he used it to make a draft for a letter to Alexandre Rosenberg dated May 1957; the three studies for the portrait of the Rev. Walter Hussey were probably added around the same time.

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