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Alan Sorrell (1904-1974):
Portrait of an RAF Officer
Unmounted (ref: 9478)
Pencil, pen and ink
13 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (34.2 x 22.2 cm)
See all works by Alan Sorrell ink pen and ink pencil men portraits war Seventy-seven pictures by Alan Sorrell
Provenance: The Artist's Family
During the Second World War Sorrell served in the RAF from 1940, where he was able to make first-hand visual records of the daily life in the Air Force. 26 of these pictures were acquired by the War Artists' Advisory Committee. He especially took delight in recording the dynamic landforms of the airfields where he was based.
When he enrolled in the RAF he refused to work on terrain models of cities he considers of "irreplaceable artistic importance", what he later referred to as his "one man mutiny".