Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Book jacket design, early 1920s
Framed (ref: 3733)
Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper
33.5 x 23 cm (13 1/8 x 9 in.)
Provenance: The artist's son, Richard Sorrell
Literature: Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell (ed), Alan Sorrell; the Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist, (Bristol: Sansom & Co.) 2013, p 24.
Sorrell undertook commercial work throughout his career - it provided a source of income with which he could subsidise his other interests. With his early art school training at Southend and the Royal College of Art he was quick to develop a strong graphic style which translated very effectively into printed designs.