This Gerald Brockhurst etching is not signed in pencil Originally made in 1930 it is printed on hand made wove paper and is signed and dated in reverse in the plate only. This is the last state of eight. There was a published edition 111 impressions. This is outside the edition size. There is some light residue from sellotape, in the margins, else in good condition. FRAMED.
Plate size 225 x 175 mm (8 3/4 x 7 in)
Sheet size 370 x 280 mm (12 x 9.25 inches)
Reference: Fletcher 67 Wright 67 . ‘One of G.L. Brockhurst’s finest portraits of his first wife, Anaïs, this outstanding etching is a stunning display of the artist’s consummate craftsmanship as an etcher. Worked in meticulous detail through a dense web of fine etched line, this masterpiece of etching technique displays the artist’s exceptional natural gift for the handling of light and shade, contour, and texture.
Entirely self-taught in the art of etching, G.L. Brockhurst perfected a form of stipple-like technique through which he achieved an astonishing finish which remains unsurpassed in its brilliance. In this elaborate work the artist has delighted in every variety of texture, from the model’s skin and long flowing hair to the the varied fabrics of her dress, in order to display his absolute mastery of etching technique.
This portrait was begun as a painting in 1919 and the Pre-Raphaelite overtones of Brockhurst’s early works are clearly apparent. The subject was later developed into this masterpiece of etching over a decade later, when Brockhurst was at the peak of his powers at an etcher.’
Quote: Michael Campbell Fine Art