Brockhurst, Gerald Leslie (1890-1978), 'Henry Rushbury, No.2', Etching, 1930

'Henry Rushbury, No.2', Etching, 1930


Signed by the artist in pencil. Printed on wove paper. Edition of 111.

"Considered his finest etched portrait, the present work is based on a painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1929, the first of his portraits to be shown at Burlington House; it prompted many subsequent portrait commissions. Henry Rushbury, fellow artist and long-time friend, was elected A.R.A. in 1927 as an engraver and Brockhurst in 1928 as a painter. The events prompted Brockhurst to choose him as his next portrait subject. In the etching, Brockhurst made a number of alterations to the original setting and dispensed with the landscape in the background. Instead he focused on meticulously working his subject through progressive states - thirteen in total. Each state shows a fresh thinking of the model and is testament to the artistís skill and perseverance. He not only achieved uncanny physical verisimilitude through a meticulous process of articulations and minute refinements to the modelling of his friendís head and figure, but also a glimpse into Henryís personality. In this final state, we see the ideal portrait."

Image Size 25.2 x 18.4 cm
Paper Size 36.8 x 27.2 cm
Reference William Dolan Fletcher no.66

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