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Watercolour - The Wanderer I
  • The Wanderer I
    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980
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The Wanderer I

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and crayon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 63, box R

Physical description

This sketch related to Sutherland's first and only work for the theatre. He was commissioned to design two backcloths and the costumes for Frederick Ashton's ballet 'The Wanderer'. The strong, rather acid colour is typical of his work of this period, as is his method using a semi transparent wash so that one colour showed through another. He used a low sun casting long shadows to increase the dramatic character of the landscape. British School

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1940 (made)


Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and crayon


Height: 21.7 cm, Width: 35.9 cm, Height: 47 cm Frame, Width: 61 cm Frame, Depth: 4.5 cm Frame

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Graham Sutherland entitled 'The Wanderer I'. Great Britain, 1940.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A, 1985, p.202
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
George Shaw Graham Sutherland. An Unfinished World Oxford: Modern Art Oxford, 2011. ISBN: 9781901352535.


Crayon; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Theatre, Ballet; Landscape; Theatre, Set design


Paintings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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