Dr Premek Sonnek
A member of the Archive was approached by Harvey, Copping and Harrison solicitors through library staff. The solicitors were handling Dr Sonnek’s estate and had an oil painting of him which neither the beneficiary nor the original artist wanted so it was destined for the bin. It had a last minute reprieve when the Archive agreed to take it until a suitable home could be found. We were delighted when the Heritage Centre said they would like to display it and so the painting was officially presented to them at their April committee meeting.
It would have been sad if the painting had been lost because Dr Premek Sonnek was a long-standing and well-respected Canvey GP. He joined Drs Lintner and Machacek in a group practice in Furtherwick Road in 1954.
The Archive would like to find out more about Dr Sonnek’s life as well as how he came to sit for the painting.
Does anyone know anything about the artist, Phil Riley?
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(Ed Note) We have lots of info on Dr Sonnek which will be uploaded in the coming weeks but we still want to heard more. Please comment below.