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Investigating drawing - Sketchbook

Artists often have sketchbooks as on going note books, used to keep quick sketches altogether for quick reference. The Gallery owns several sketchbooks by Graham Sutherland, including one of compositional studies for his first portrait of Somerset Maugham in 1949 (Tate Gallery). The sketchbook also contains studies of the Côte d'Azur landscape where the portrait was painted.

Click on the page above to see more pages from the Maugham sketchbook.


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