Graham Sutherland OM

Sketchbook 18

1950

Details

Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Title
Sketchbook 18
Date
1950
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Kathleen Sutherland, the artist's widow, in 1981.
Reference
TGA 812/18

Chalk, watercolour, and gouache on paper, 14 pages plus covers, 367 x 255 mm

This sketchbook is mainly devoted to early studies for 'The Origins of the Land' painted for the Land of Britain pavilion at the Festival of Britain. The organisers of the Festival exhibition wrote to Sutherland on 6 April 1950 inviting him to paint a mural for this pavilion and to submit designs to half or quarter scale by the beginning of May. In the end, however, the designs were not delivered until 12 July. The drawings in this sketchbook are among the large number of studies he made in the meantime, trying out different themes and gradually working out the composition; they pre-date his adoption of a predominantly sulphur-yellow palette. The final picture was painted in 1951.

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