Graham Sutherland OM

Cray Fields


Not on display

Graham Sutherland OM 1903–1980
Etching on paper
Image: 117 × 124 mm
support: 163 × 153 mm
Presented by the artist 1970

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Samuel Palmer, inspired by Blake's Virgil wood engravings, described them as 'like the drawing aside of the fleshly curtain, and the glimpse which all the most holy, studious saints and sages have enjoyed of the rest which remaineth to the people of God.' Sutherland's few etchings inspired by Palmer present landscape with the same sense of religious ecstasy. In this work the conjunction of the star and a dazzling sun show Sutherland enlarging the idea of simple vision into a visionary act by inviting the viewer to contemplate these heavenly bodies, just as Palmer had done.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980

P02067 Cray Fields 1925

Inscribed ‘Graham Sutherland’ b.r. and ‘No. 25’ b.r.
Etching, 4½ x 4¾ (11.5 x 12.1) on paper 6¾ x 6 (17.2 x 15.2).
Presented by the artist 1970.
Lit: David Ogg, ‘Etchings of Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury’ and R.A. Walker, ‘Chronological List of Etchings and Drypoints of Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury’ in Print Collectors Quarterly, XVI, No. 1, January 1929, pp. 76–96, repr. p. 75: Douglas Cooper, The Work of Graham Sutherland, 1961, p.69, repr. pl. 3b; Felix H. Man, Graham Sutherland: das graphische Werk 1922–1970, 1970, No. 25, repr.

There are six states of this etching: State I, three impressions; State II, two impressions; State III, two impressions; State IV, two impressions; State V, two impressions; State VI, eighty five impressions (of which P02067 is one). The etching was published by the Twenty-One Gallery, and the plate was destroyed by 1928.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.


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