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Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978)   BIOGRAPHY

By the Lake, circa 1913
Framed (ref: 7017)

Signed 'G L Brockhurst' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'By the Lake/by G.L. Brockhurst RA.' (on the backboard)
pencil and watercolour
11 x 14 in. (30 x 37.5 cm.)


Provenance: with R.H. Spurr, Romney Gallery, Southport.

Exhibited: Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, A Dream of Fair Women: An Exhibition of the Work of Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. (1890-1978): Painter and Etcher, December 1986 - February 1987, no. 36: this exhibition travelled to Birmingham, City Art Gallery, February - March 1987; and London, National Portrait Gallery, April - May 1987.

Literature:Exhibition catalogue, A Dream of Fair Women: An Exhibition of the Work of Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. (1890-1978): Painter and Etcher, Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, 1986, p. 39, no. 36.

It is likely that this image was conceived for Brockhurst's entry for the 1913 Scholarship in Decorative Painting to The British School at Rome. Colin Gill won the scholarship and Brockhurst was the runner-up.

The composition has elements in common with  Piero de Cosimo A Satyr mourning over a Nymph in the National Gallery which might have been a source of inspiration.

Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978)

Painter and etcher, born in Birmingham, West Midlands. He studied at Birmingham School of Art and RA Schools, 1907. In 1919 he held his first solo exhibition Chenil Gallery, London, and exhibited at RA, 1923-53. He lived in Ireland 1915-20. In 1933 he exhibited 'Dorette' at the RA. The model, Dorette Woodward, became the subject of several other paintings and etchings.
In 1937 he was elected an Associate of the RA. He was elected RE and in 1938 he painted the Duchess of Windsor and was commissioned also to paint Marlene Dietrich which was never finished.

In 1939 he moved to New York with Dorette whom he married in 1947, after his former wife sued successfully for a divorce. Examples of his work are in the collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NPG, London, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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