Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890 - 1978)
The painter and printmaker Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was fairly launched on his career path when he revealed his prodigious drawing talents as a young boy. His formal education in the arts ultimately brought him to the Royal Academy, where a 1913 award and scholarship enabled him to travel to France and Italy, where he studied 14th and 15th century artists, a major influence on his career.
Brockhurst was immensely successful, responsible for a series of masterful portraits of aristocratic English women and leading celebrities of the day. Beginning in 1920 and continuing throughout his career, he created a series of beautiful etchings frequently based on his first and second wives. He ultimately departed England in the company of his second wife Dorette (the former Kathleen Woodward), and settled in the United States, serving the cravings for immortality of his wealthy American clients from his home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he died.
Etching, 1925; edition of 107. Image size 5½" x 9-3/8"; sheet size 10-1/8" x 16½". Signed and dated in the plate; signed in pencil by the artist lower right below the plate mark. A fine, detailed impression with mild toning in the image area, a residual tape stain in the upper sheet margin, and two small ink spots at the extreme left edge of the sheet - all flaws well away from the sight area.