Study in two sheets for 'Working Boats', Mural of the Nelson Bar, HMS Campania, 1951
Mounted (ref: 5775)
Large pencil study in two sheets
Pencil and pen and ink
Approx 30 x 60 and 30 x 80 cm
Tags: Alan Sorrell drawing big pictures murals
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, pp. 122-125.
In 1951 Sorrell was approached to do some work for the Festival of Britain: he was asked to paint a mural for the Nelson Bar of the Campania, an aircraft carrier that the Admiralty had offered to the FOB organisers as a floating exhibition hall.
Sorrell was also asked to paint three reconstruction paintings for the Dome of Discovery.
The light hearted mural painting Working Boats from Around the British Coast was one of his jolliest paintings. It was painted on 5 panels and measured 914cms (360inches) in length.
Sorrell’s early commercial art experience served him well when he came to do the lettering on this picture.