Graham Sutherland OM

Sketchbook 26

1955

Front cover

Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Date
1955
Dimensions
215 x 170 mm
Show details
Graham Sutherland OM, ‘Front cover’ 1955
Created by
Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Title
Sketchbook 26
Date
1955
Format
Bound volume - sketchbook
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Kathleen Sutherland, the artist's widow, in 1981.
Reference
TGA 812/26

Description

Graphite, crayon, and chalk on paper, 20 pages, 1 page and covers are missing, 215 x 170 mm

This is a school exercise book for mathematical calculations. Sutherland took it to Switzerland in November 1955 to make studies for the portrait of the conductor Paul Sacher, and seems to have chosen squared paper because it facilitated the process of squaring up for enlargement. Whereas he used the smaller Sketchbook 25 (TGA 812/25) primarily for studies of details of Sacher's head and hands, the drawings in this one are of his whole body, right down to his shoes, and depict him in various different attitudes. The other drawings in this sketchbook, of landscapes, buildings and insects, were probably also made in Switzerland during his visit.

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