Sudanese Express Passing Abu Simbel
Unmounted (ref: 3785)
Signed and dated 1961(but probably executed later)
Pencil, ink and gouache on paper
26 x 54.8 cm (10 1/4 x 21 5/8 in.)
Tags: Alan Sorrell
Provenance: The artist's son, Richard Sorrell
Literature: Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell (ed), Alan Sorrell; the Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist, (Bristol: Sansom & Co.) 2013, p 44-45.
In 1962 Sorrell was commissioned by The Illustrated London News to make a series
of drawings of the monuments and villages of Nubia that would be submerged as a result of the construction of the Asswan High Dam.
Sorrell was supplied with a launch by the Egyptian Government, and visited Abu Simbel, Buhen and many of the temples along the Nile.
In this dramatic scene, painted after his return, the tourist steamer Sudanese Express passes Ramesses II’s great temple at Abu Simbel with a floodlight illuminating
the huge figures and a shower of sparks spilling from the funnel.