Picture of the Month – Sketch for the Crucifixion

Sketch for the Crucifixion by Graham Sutherland

Sketch for the Crucifixion by Graham Sutherland

The Sketch for the Crucifixion by Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) is in the medium of oil on board, dated 1946.

This work by Graham Sutherland was produced as a preliminary sketch for the large-scale crucifixion that can be seen in St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. This work directly led to Sutherland’s tapestry in Coventry Cathedral. 

Chosen by Michael Loe of the Friends of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery because:

“I started college in Coventry in 1962, the year the new cathedral was consecrated.  The whole of the cathedral was controversial, particularly Sutherland’s high-altar back-cloth.  I was bowled over: I, a scientist, had discovered art! So finding a Sutherland sketch in the picture-store made my choice easy.

 
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