Self Portrait, nov 1928
Framed (ref: 935)
Signed and dated
pencil, ink and white gouache on paper
55.2 x 37 cm (21 3/4 x 14 5/8 in.)
Tags: Alan Sorrell artists at work British School of Rome portraits BSR PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
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. 30-31 & 82.
Sorrell undertook this self-portrait one month after he had arrived in Rome to take up his two-year scholarship, and it shows him in his downstairs studio at the British School. The self-portrait makes a bold statement and the quality of draughtsmanship and commanding composition make it one of the most striking works that Sorrell produced in Rome.
The intensely observed and sharply delineated drawing of the folds and other forms
demonstrate a study of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca and other Italian Renaissance masters.
Sorrell’s presentation of himself is introspective and melancholic, reflecting his state of mind during these early days in Rome.