Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Reconstruction of Harlech Castle, 1970
Unframed (ref: 3765)
Signed and dated
Acrylic on canvas.
61 x 91 cm
A watercolour version of this composition, commissioned as a reconstruction drawing by the Ministry of Works, was used as the cover image for British Castles, 1974 and Early Wales Re-created, by D.W. Dykes (Author), Alan Sorrell (Illustrator), 1981
Harlech Castle, located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a medieval fortification, constructed atop a spur of rock close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289.
This picture was painted as an example of Sorrell's work for George Rowney and Co the artists paint manufacturers to show the versatility of 'Cryla' colour, the acrylic paint that had recently been invented and which Rowneys were trying to market. The picture was reproduced in a promotional book (written by John Fitzmaurice Mills) along with paintings in Cryla by a good number of well known artists, including Peter Blake and Leonard Rosaman. Sorrell's payment for this work was a free supply of artists materials for the rest of his life.