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Alan Sorrell Murals

“Admiral Blake Refitting the fleet at Leigh”


Alan Sorrell came back from the British School of Rome with the ambition of being a mural painter. The first major commissions came from his home town of Southend  to create four large panels on local historical themes. Carried out between 1931-2, this  scene scene depicting an event in the 17th Century Anglo-Dutch wars is perhaps the best known of his early works.  The research he went into to accurately recreate the costume, ships, rigging and coastline of the day was a training which was to be put to use in his later career in archaeological reconstruction.



St Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea  (1951)


Following an interlude of WW2, Alan Sorrell picked up his pre war career in both archeological reconstruction drawing as well as mural painting.


(Photograph care of the Parish of St Peter’s, Bexhill)





The Season  (1954)


Myrton School, Warwick (Formally Warwick Oken Secondary Modern School)



This was Alan Sorrell’s last and most extensive mural commission—54ft wide, it was unvealed at the opening of the school by the Queen Mother. Nearly 60 years later it is still in good condition despite being in a busy school of 1500 pupils.


(Photograph: Myrton School, Warwick)





Liss Fine Art and The Fine Art Society present:
British Murals & Decorative Painting 1910- 1970

13 February - 9 March 2013
The Fine Art Society - 148 New Bond Street, London W1S 2JT

Alan Sorrell’s recently  restored 1951 Festival  of Britain Mural will be exhibited.

This book will come as a revelation to many lovers of Modern British art, revealing the range and quality of this important genre. In the first part, Alan Powers examines the motives behind the mural revival of these years and describes a wide number of works. The second part presents 15 case studies in which leading experts then shine the spotlight on some of the most important and enduring murals which have been out of the public eye for decades. These include previously unpublished Festival of Britain designs along with lesser-known masterpieces from the first generation of Rome Scholars. Many are reproduced in colour for the first time.

Originally produced for the Nelson Bar on the SS Campania, this mural has remained largely unseen since the Festival Of Britain. It will be hung along side John Piper’s Festival of Britain mural.

British Murals & Decorative Painting


 Rediscoveries and New Interpretations
Published by Sansom & Co in February 2013
here to order