Graham Sutherland was born in London. He abandoned an apprenticeship as a railway engineer to study engraving and etching at Goldsmiths College, London from 1921 to 1926. Sutherland subsequently built up a successful career, working exclusively as a printmaker until 1930, when the previously flourishing print market collapsed. In 1934 he made the first of what would become regular visits to Pembrokeshire in Wales. The landscape there provided inspiration for many paintings and drawings, some of which show the influence of Surrealism. From 1940 to 1945 Sutherland worked as an Official War Artist, recording the effects of bombing on Britain.