The studio of the sculptor behind Putney's much-loved Sculpture Trail will open to the public for two days later this month.

Artist Alan Thornhill is the man behind popular sites on Putney's Sculpture Trail such as Punch and Judy that gazes towards Putney Bridge and 'Fall' that depicts lovers embracing at Prospect Quay.

He sadly passed away aged 98 last year, and those now in charge of his former workspace, including daughter Anna, have decided to give the public a rare "last chance" glimpse into the space where he designed some of south London's most popular sculptures.

"This is a rare opportunity to come and see what is behind the closed doors on Felsham Road, enter an artist's studio and perhaps buy a piece of his work," Anna said.

Wandsworth Times: View inside Alan Thornhill's studioView inside Alan Thornhill's studio

"There are sculptures, paintings, portrait heads of well-known people and charcoal drawings on sale.

"Don't miss this special occasion to celebrate the life and work of a prolific local artist," she added.

The Alan Thornhill website said the studio would be open:

  • Saturday June 26, 12 noon to 8pm
  • Sunday June 27, 12 noon to 6pm

The Putney Sculpture Trail, which opened in 2008 and comprises of nine sculptures by Thornhill on the south bank of the Thames in Wandsworth, is considered the largest permanent installation of public art by a single artist in London.

The works were donated by Thornhill himself to Wandsworth Council prior to the trail's inauguration.

Thornhill, who was renowned for his improvisational style in sculpture, also served in the Second World War and took part in the D-Day landings.

Click here for more information about the open studio and Alan Thornhill's website.