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Thorn Head by 
																	Graham Sutherland

Graham Sutherland

( British, 1903 - 1980 )

Thorn Head




oil on canvas


44.49 in. (113.00 cm.) (height) by 31.50 in. (80.00 cm.) (width)


signed and dated 30.iii.47


London, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, Colour, pure and atmospheric, May-June 1947, cat. no.17 (as Thorns); Athens, British Institute, Modern British Paintings 1942 - 1947, October - November 1947, and touring to Rome, Galleria Palma, Paris, Galerie René Drouin, Marseille, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Prague, Exhibition Hall Svazceskeho; Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, April 1949 (exhibition details untraced); York, City Art Gallery, Collection of Works by English and Foreign Modern Artists, March 1950, cat. no.50; Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Collection of Works by English and Foreign Modern Artists, April - May 1950, cat. no.31; Leicester, Museum and Art Gallery, Collection of Works by English and Foreign Modern Artists, June - July 1950, cat. no.50; Brighton, Art Gallery, Collection of Works by English and Foreign Modern Artists, September 1950, cat. no.50; London, Institute of Contemporary Art, Graham Sutherland: A retrospective selection, April - May 1951, cat. no.26; Hampstead Artists' Council, Modern Painting and Sculpture of the British and Continental Schools, January - February 1952, cat. no.52; Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Spring Exhibition, 1952; Southampton Art Gallery, Modern Painting and Sculpture of the British and Continental Schools, November - December 1952, cat. no.51; Hampstead Artists' Council, Artists at work from sketch to finish, May - June 1953; Southport, Atkinson Art Gallery, on loan, May - September 1954; Edinburgh, Diploma Galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy, Ten English Painters, January - February 1956, cat. no.71; Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Graham Sutherland, April - May 1957, cat. no.23; Bristol, City Art Gallery, Contemporary Paintings, June - August 1960; Manchester, City Art Gallery, Heinz Roland Collection, June - August 1962; Leeds, City Art Gallery, Heinz Roland Collection, August - October 1962, cat. no.111; Munich, Haus der Kunst, Graham Sutherland Retrospective, March - May 1967; The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Graham Sutherland Retrospective, June - July 1967; Berlin, Haus am Waldsee, Graham Sutherland Retrospective, August - September 1967; Cologne, Wallraf Richartz Museum, Graham Sutherland Retrospective, October - November 1967; Bristol, City Art Gallery, Forty Works from the Collection of Dr. H. M. Roland, February - March 1969, cat. no.37; London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Dekade 40, November 1972, cat. no.112; and touring to Southampton, City Art Gallery, Carlisle, Museum and Art Gallery, Durham, D.L.I. Museum and Arts Centre, Manchester, City Art Gallery, Bradford, City Art Gallery and Aberdeen, Museum and Art Gallery; Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, Forty Pictures from the Roland Collection, April 1974, cat. no.37; Farnham, West Surrey College of Art and Design, November - December 1975, cat. no.19; London, Camden Arts Centre, The Roland Collection, September - October 1976, cat. no.134; Edinburgh, Scottish Arts Council, Eighty Works from the Roland Collection, November - December 1976, cat. no.31; and touring to London, Courtauld Institute Gallery, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, York, City Art Gallery, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; Milton Keynes, Central Art Gallery, Works from the Roland Collection, March - December 1979, cat. no.49; and touring to Plymouth, City Museum and Art Gallery, Jarrow, Bede Gallery, Newcastle, Polytechnic Art Gallery, Bury, St. Edmunds Art Gallery; Guildford, University of Surrey, Sixty Works from the Roland Collection, April 1980 - May 1981, cat. no.55; and touring to London, Arts Centre of the University of London; London, Tate Gallery, Graham Sutherland, May - July 1982, cat. no.133; London, Crane Kalman Gallery, Twentieth Century British and European Paintings and Sculpture, December 1983 - January 1984; Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, One Man's Choice, 4th April - 19th May 1985, cat. no.106; London, Crane Kalman Gallery, Graham Sutherland, April - June 1999; London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Graham Sutherland: Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950, June – September 2005, cat. no.78, illustrated in the catalogue pp.37 & 159.


Art News, New York, October 1950, p.23; Robert Melville, Graham Sutherland, Ambassador Editions, London 1950, illustrated pl.17; Eric Newton, 'Style and Vision in Art', The Listener, 11th April 1957, p.594; Douglas Cooper, The Work of Graham Sutherland, Lund Humphries, London, 1961, cat. and pl. no.83c (erroneously dated to 1946); Martin Hammer, Bacon and Sutherland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2005, illustrated p.121, pl.46.


Acquired directly from the artist by Dr Henry (Heinz) Roland His Sale, Sotheby's London, 23rd March 1983, lot 55, where acquired by Crane Kalman Gallery, London Acquired from the above by the present owners, May 1984.



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