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News and Exhibitions


The Alan Sorrell Project


Professor Matthew Johnson and his post-doctoral research assistant Sara Perry at Southampton University are currently engaged in a project on the work of Alan Sorrell and the visualisation of archaeology. They are keen to hear from anybody who worked with Alan Sorrell or had memories of him. This project is a short pilot study for further study. 


Click on the ‘Alan Sorrell Project above to link to their new site, or contact Sara using the e.mail address below:






Star Carr Excavations, North Yorkshire - Alan Sorrell Vindicated


Some of you might have might have seen the news this August of the discovery of Britain oldest home, and the earliest evidence of carpentry in Europe. The Alan Sorrell above was seen by many in the newspapers as well as on national TY.


In response to this discovery, the following letter by Mark Sorrell was published in the Guardian Newspaper:


Dear Sir,

The news of the discovery of 'Britain's oldest house' at Star Carr reminds
me that, some 50 years ago, my father Alan Sorrell was commissioned to make
a 'reconstruction drawing' of the Mesolithic hunting camp at Star Carr.
Given the large quantities of bones of slaughtered red deer, elk, oxen,
beaver &c, the worked flints and the ritual objects recovered from the site,
he wanted to have huts in his drawing; but because at that time there was no
archaeological evidence for human dwellings, he was obliged to exclude them.

I am sure, if he were alive today, he would be pleased that his artist's
vision has been vindicated with this exciting discovery!

Yours faithfully,

Mark Sorrell,

The Girl at the Window, by Alan Sorrell (1971)


This painting is now the feature of our first youtube video about the work of Alan Sorrell. Please click on the image left to access the video: ““The Girl at the Window” by Alan Sorrell presented by Julia Sorrell”

“The Evening Meal in the Triclinium” by Alan Sorrell, presented by Julia Sorrell


Click on the image right to link to our new video about the work of Alan Sorrell which features this this illustration from Roman Britain by Aileen Fox and Alan Sorrell, 1961.

Alan Sorrell and RAF Camouflage:


Every now and then interesting aspects about Alan Sorrell’s RAF career are brought to our attention. The art historian Roy Behrens from Northern Iowa University has recently placed the following about Alan Sorrell on his blogspot, which also gives an interesting account of the influence of camouflage on art in the 20th Century.




Alan Sorrell on Youtube

British Murals & Decorative Painting 1920-1960

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


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 was 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.

Alan Sorrell Exhibition

John Soane Museum—London

25th October 2013—25th January 2014


An opportunity to see a unique artist’s work at a unique museum.


The exhibition comprises work mainly from his early life



Julia Sorrell remembers her father Alan Sorrell, artist, illustrator and past contributor to the Artist

Click on the image above right to go to the Artist website notice

 “The Artist’s Daughter”


By Julia Sorrell


The Artist, Nov issue 2013 Pages 15-17

The first book publication about Alan Sorrell’s work for over 30 years, it has been produced to accompany the exhibition.



However, this is definitely the most comprehensive study of Alan Sorrell life and work


Produced with the cooperation of the Alan Sorrell Archive including research and photography.



30th Sept—1st Dec:    The Sorrell Family Exhibition

                                 An exhibition for families by a family

                                 Curated by Julia Sorrell, Ian Sanders & Mark Curties

                                       The Chelmsford Museum

Works from all the family, including from the collection of the Chelmsford Muesum

and other museum.

A busy year ahead for fans of

Alan Sorrell:

29th November 2014—2nd April 2015:

The Beecroft Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition

Alan Sorrell (1904-74)

In collaboration with Liss Fine Art


The Old Library, Victoria Avenue,

Southend SS2 6EX


Alan Sorrell: The Man who Created Roman Britain

The Loan Exhibition at the Works on Paper Fair 2015

Curated by Julia Sorrell & Philip Athill.

5-8th February 2016.

The Science Museum, London.

The exhibition to include many of Alan Sorrell’s archaeological reconstruction drawings for books such as Roman Britain and Imperial Rome, most of which will be on exhibition for the first time.

The exhibition includes works seen at the John Soane Exhibition 2013-14 (see below), works from the extensive Alan Sorrell collection at the Beecroft Art Gallery, and many works exhibited for the first time.

9-15th May:                 The Second Sorrell Family Reunion Exhibition

                                       The Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Curated by Julia Sorrell & Ian Sanders

A chance to see again many of the works and more which were exhibted at the first Sorrell Family Reunion at the Wymondham Abbey Arts Centre, June 2014