Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Thingvellir, Iceland, 1936
Framed (ref: 508)
Signed and dated 1933, titled on a label on the reverse
Gouache, 13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (35 × 45 cm.)
Thingvellir is Iceland’s most important natural site. ‘Sorrell visited Iceland in 1936 the stark character of which made a special appeal to him and inspired some thirty watercolours which were shown at his first one-man exhibition at the Walker Gallery in London in 1937. His taste for the dramatic, which pervades all his work, was amply illustrated in these paintings and equally so in his firstventures into archeological reconstruction which he also began in 1936’ (D.W. Dykes, Alan Sorrell: Early Wales Re-Created, exh. cat., National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1980, p. 5).We are grateful to Richard Sorrell for assistance.