A Tin Mine, Prospect Along a LevelArtist:
, British, 1903 - 1980
Material and Medium: pen and ink, watercolour, pastel and crayon on paper on panel
Dimensions: Overall: 917 x 800 x 46mm
Sight size: 743 x 621mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2550
Graham Sutherland became an official war artist during the Second World War. He painted a series of pictures showing mines and quarries illustrating men labouring for the war effort in reserved occupations.
It is likely Sutherland painted this work during the three weeks he spent studying the tin mines in Cornwall in 1942. The paintings he created evoke the strange beauty in nature and show the workers dwarfed against a vast underground scene.
'The mines are stupendous & thrilling to a degree which I wouldn't have believed possible & life below is awe inspiring…'