Stibnite (1978)

Charcoal drawing, 22” x29”

Deep Dissection (1979)

Drawn in the Royal College of Surgeons,

Part of the Late Professor Phillip Rieff Collection

Exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 1996


A Landscape Foreground (1980)

4’x3’ pencil

Exhibited at the RA Summer Show 1982


Sand Formations (1983)

Watercolour, 22” x 29”

(taken from a desert rose)



Paradise Garden (1994)

Watercolour, 4’ x 5’

Worked on for a total of nine months, this painting sold at Julia’s First One Woman show at the Maas Gallery

Cardoon Leaves (1996)

Watercolour, 22” x 29”


Trees in Culford Park(1999)

Watercolour, 22” x 29”


Sunflower (1997)

Pastel , 29” x 22”


Two year Artist-in-Residency at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds where she execute several commissions as part of the Historic Bridge and Lake Conservation Project.

Exhibits for the first time at the New English Art Club exhibition, the Mall Galleries.

One woman show at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital as part of their Hospital Arts Project

Exhibits as part of the cooperative group “Artworks” at Blackthorpe Barn,            Bury St Edmunds, The First of seven artist-in-residencies for Swan Hellenic Cruise Line. Her  visits to the Amazon, Borneo and especially Iceland inspire her further in her Natural Forms theme.

One woman show at the Haus No 3 Gallery, Frickenhausen, Germany.

Exhibits for the first time in the New Grafton Gallery.

Takes part in the “Alan Sorrell Centenary Exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend

Prairie (2003)

(dried sunflower

Oil 4’ x 3’


Visits Covehithe on the Suffolk Coastline for the first time, and the first ideas for her “Erosion” series germinate, which links her          Natural Forms theme to the environmental issue of  global  warming.

Exhibits for the first time at Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork Street, London in their exhibition: “New Contemporary Landscape” . She also demonstrates for the first time in the painting tent at Art           In Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire. Exhibits in “Branching Out” together with works in the Arts Council Collection at Nature in Art, Gloucestershire, as well as in “Roderick Barrett and his students” at the Chappel Gallery.

Lily (2004)


22” x 29”


Born Westcliff-on-Sea, the daughter of artists Elizabeth and Alan Sorrell

Sells her first work, an embroidery picture

Exhibits in the first of a series of eight Sorrell Family exhibitions lasting until 1987.

Studies Embroidery at Goldsmiths’s College, London under Constance Howard, and is strongly influenced by her drawing tutor Betty Swanwick RA. Following the death of Alan Sorrell in 1974, she gradually starts to concentrate more on drawing and painting.








Her portrait of Baron Ramsey (right) is unveiled in the NPG’s Recent Acquisitions exhibition

Julia exhibits for the first time in the RWS Open Show

Marries Ian Sanders and moves to Ceredigion, Wales.

Her first son Henry is born, but she continues to work alongside bringing up her family. Her self-portrait and the portrait of Lord Ramsey go on tour as part of the Arts Council “Portrait 80’s” exhibition. Her first painting with an overtly environmental message “Protect our Trees” is purchased by the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend.

Her second son Edward is born.










First exhibits in the  RA Summer Show , a drawing entitled “A Girl opening the curtain”  purchased by the Annie Hugill Fund.

Studies drawing and painting as a postgraduate student at the Royal  Academy School under Professor Peter Greenham and tutors Roderick Barrett, Norman Blamey, Olwyn Bowey, Antony Eyton, John Lessore, Denis Lucas and Betty Swanwick.








Her self-portrait (right)  gains second prize in the first National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award.

She is  sent to Durham by the National Portrait Gallery to paint Lord Ramsey, the ex-Arch Bishop of  Canterbury. Her first year after  leaving the RA Schools is spent mainly on portrait commissions, but she begins  to develop her “Natural Forms” theme drawing coral, rocks, shells plants and trees.





Four of her botanical studies are used to promote Flora Britannica, edited by Richard Mabey, and one of her textile designs is used to promote Common Ground’s Apple Day  events. 

Her first one woman show at the Maas Gallery, Clifford Street, London.

Her drawing of a rare black poplar tree is used to promote the Daily Telegraph/Tree Council  ‘Black Poplar Hunt’.







Exhibits in “Family Likeness, the Cleary ”Gallery, Canterbury Festival, as well as in the Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Competition and her natural forms “Cabbage Root” is purchased from the RA by Prof. Phillip Rieff (Emeritus Benjamin Franklin Lecturer, University of Philadelphia) upon the advice of his friend Evelyn Joll, the chairman of Agnews. Moves with her family to Norfolk

Produces the first of a series of promotional textile designs for the new environmental charity Plantlife, which is worn on Television by David Bellamy






Ten drawings and paintings which form part of  the Phillip Rieff Collection are exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Exhibits in the Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition. She is the Artist-in-Residence on a cruise ship for the first time, the Black Watch of Fred Olsen

Exhibits at the John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold









































































Waterhouse & Dodd show her work at the 20/21 International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art. “A Second Look at Natural Forms” is published in the July issue of “The Artist”, and she is again asked to demonstrate at Art in Action. Travels to Iceland for a two week solo-trip to draw glaciers and volcanic rock formations. She camps for a week near the largest ice cap in Europe.

Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI). Joint show at the Chappel Galleries together with her Husband Ian Sanders’s Tree Tables, a solo show at New Hall College, Cambridge.

Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.  Julia’s work returned to Southern Germany for an RI exhibition at Landau in Platz.

Julia exhibits at the RBA Mall Galleries show for the first time as a member. She is also elected to the Norwich 20 and Artworks. She returns to Art In Action as a demonstrator in the painting tent..

Takes part in RI exhibitions at the National Theatre and the Rye Art Gallery

Elected chairman of the Norwich 20 Group.

Organises  the first ever RI & RBA Big Draw Events in the Mall Galleries during the Threadneedle Exhibition., and the first ever Norwich 20 Group Big Draw event in the Forum, Norwich.

Completes The Muse—the first of her Drawing from the Mind series of work based on a new method of drawing direct from the imagination.

Resigns as chairman of the N20g rather than compromise her ethical principles.

Co-curated with Ian Sanders the first Sorrell Family Reunion Exhibition at the Wymondham Arts Centre.

Organised the first Big Draw at Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire (July) and also a Big Draw Event at the Sainsburys Centre for the Visual Arts.

Co-curated “Alan Sorrell—The Man who Created Roman Britain” exhibition at the Works on Paper Fair, The Science Museum

Sorrell Family Exhibition at Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds

Awarded the ACE Foundation TravelArt Award 2015 and is commissioned to produce an exhibition of work based on Orkney. Travels to Orkney for five weeks, visiting many of the islands and drawing many of the coastal features and archaeological sites.

Co-Curated ‘The Sorrell Family, an Exhibition for Families by a Family’ at the Chelmsford Musem, involving loans of work from the Chelmsford, Southend and Colchester Museums collections.  

Wild and Ancient Orkney’ exhibition at Abbott & Holder Gallery, Museum Street, London, and the McDonald Instutite of Archaeological Research, Camrbrige & Stapleford Granary, Cambridge, the Home of the ACE Foundation.

Exhibits for the first time at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.


After 29 years of living in Norfolk, relocates to the Cotswolds of West Oxfordshire.

One Woman Show Nature and Form opens at Clare Hall College, Cambridge, soon to be locked down by the COVID restrictions. Her taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks for the first time is also curtailed. 

Embroidery Panel with metal work thread (c1975)

Charcoal drawing, 26 x 30cm

Purchased by Constance Howard (the Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery) 

Self Portrait in Oil (1980)

48”x30” pencil

Left: Julia’s right eye in the portrait.


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