Lot 33
  • 33

Graham Sutherland, O.M.

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • Graham Sutherland, O.M.
  • Study for the Origins of the Land
  • pencil, pastel, ink, gouache and oil on paper
  • 42 by 84cm.; 16½ by 33in.


A gift from the artist to the Director of the 1951 Festival of Britain
Sale, Sotheby's, London, 18th June 1997, lot 124, whence purchased by the present owner


Roger Berthoud, Graham Sutherland, A Biography, Faber and Faber, London, 1982, pp.145-7.

Catalogue Note

Painted 1950-1, this work is one of the studies for The Origins of the Land, now in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London. Originally called The Forces of Nature, the enormous mural of pre-historic Britain and its geological formation was commissioned in April 1950 for the Land of Britain pavilion at the Festival of Britain. Studies for the mural were shown at the Redfern Gallery in November 1952. The Manchester Guardian's critic revelled in how 'in a haze of yellow, pink, green, orange and red the organic and inorganic energies rise together and marry and put forth their strange progeny' (op.cit., p.146).