Alan Sorrell: Study for 'A Burial Ceremony at Tinkinswood, Glamorgan, circa 1939 - on British Abstract Art



Alan Sorrell:
Study for 'A Burial Ceremony at Tinkinswood, Glamorgan, circa 1939

Unmounted (ref: 6206)

Inscribed, 'would women be allowed within the enclosure.....' and with various other notes

Pencil, gouache and ink on paper, squared with notations

7 7/8 x 10 in. (20 x 25.3 cm)

Tags: Alan Sorrell gouache ink pencil architecture illustration Neo-Romantics Seventy-seven pictures by Alan Sorrell Welsh Artists and Pictures

Provenance: With the aritist's family until 2012

This composition shows a Neolithic chambered long barrow. The finished picture is in the collection of the National Museum of Wales. 


Alan Sorrell made a considerable reputation for his remarkable ‘reconstruction’ drawings of ancient sites, shown as they appeared in their heyday. The drawings and paintings combine his keen interest in history, and collaboration with archaeological and historical experts, with a vivid artistic imagination and sense of spatial awareness. This work brought him into close working relationships with many of the foremost archaeologists of his day, including Sir Cyril and Aileen Fox, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Leonard Woolley, Kathleen Kenyon, Ian Richmond, Richard Atkinson, Stuart Piggott, V E Nash-Williams, Stuart Rigold and many others. As was his practice with mural paintings, Sorrell made sketches and preparatory drawings, which led to the finished reconstruction drawings. These works were commissioned by the Ministry of Works (English, Welsh and Scottish Heritage), The Illustrated London News, television companies and others.

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