Artist Alan Sorrell: Study for People Seeking After Wisdom, 1928

Artist Alan Sorrell (1904-1974): Study for People Seeking After Wisdom, 1928

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Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Study for People Seeking After Wisdom, 1928
Framed (ref: 934)
Dated March 1928
Pencil, gouache and black chalk on paper / tracing paper 

49.5 x 38 cm (19 1/2 x 15 in.)

See all works by Alan Sorrell chalk gouache pencil British School of Rome 1.BSR 1.PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST



Provenance: The Artist's family

Literature: 

Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell (ed), Alan Sorrell; the Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist, (Bristol: Sansom & Co.) 2013, pp. 70-77.


This is a preparatory drawing for the Final

 Competition of the Rome Scholarship, for which candidates were required to produce a ‘Decoration for the Lunette in the Library of the British School at Rome’. 

Sorrell chose as his subject People Seeking after Wisdom. While the Bible contains many references to the attainment of knowledge as a pre-requisite of enlightenment, the motif of blindfolded figures is equally reminiscent of the harrowing images of bandaged soldiers from the Great War, such as John Singer Sargent’s Gassed, 1919.  The figure at the back of the group, staring out at the viewer, is a self portrait.