N05731 SOUTHAMPTON DOCK 1944
Inscr. ‘Alan Sorrell 1944’ b.r.
Pen, watercolour and crayon on paper, 20 1/2×24 5/8 (51·3×62·5).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, R.A., October–November 1945 (954).
This shows the construction of part of the Mulberry Harbour works used for the invasion of Normandy in 1944. The artist worked up the final drawing in his studio using sketches which he had made previously on the site in the docks at Southampton (letter from the artist, 7 August 1957).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II