Artist Alan Sorrell: Study for a portrait of Sir Cyril Fox, 1946

Artist Alan Sorrell (1904-1974): Study for a portrait of Sir Cyril Fox, 1946

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Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Study for a portrait of Sir Cyril Fox, 1946
Framed (ref: 7404)
Inscribed 'journal...'

Watercolour with white highlights
12 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. (32 x 38.5 cm)

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Provenance: The Artist's Estate

This is a preliminary sketch for a the background used in Sorrell's portrait of the Archeologist Sir Cyril Fox.

As Kenneth McConkey has observed,  ‘Piling up studio impedimenta into a large, jumbled still-life provided an instant test-piece for the nineteenth century painter- it was a genre that might typically include an exotic costume,a sword or piece armour, a lay figure or statuette, and maybe, a discarded hat. The purpose of this 'chaos decoratif' was to demonstrate the painter's abilities to prospective clients. It was a kind of badge or shop-sign.

 

We are grateful to Kenneth McConkey and George Fox for assistance.

Sorrell at work in his studio circa 1950