Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Self Portrait of Young Life (About 1905)

About this artwork

Although most noted for his detailed etchings, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was also an accomplished painter. This is an early painted self-portrait. As something of a child-prodigy, Brockhurst went on to become one of the most successful portraitists of his day, and enjoyed success both in Britain and the United States. It is for his portraits of women that he is especially remembered and while primarily depicting the women in his life, he also painted society figures such as Marlene Dietrich and the Duchess of Windsor.

  • title: Self Portrait of Young Life
  • accession number: GMA 4849
  • artist: Gerald Leslie BrockhurstEnglish (1890 - 1978)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Self-portrait
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1905
  • measurements: 53.50 x 38.50 cm (sight)
  • credit line: Presented by Mr Richard Woodward 2005
  • copyright: © RICHARD WOODWARD

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Brockhurst was one of the most technically gifted etchers of his day. He attended Birmingham School of Art from the age of ten and, in 1907, entered the Royal Academy Schools in London where he won several awards. A travel scholarship allowed him to visit Paris and Italy, where the art of the Italian Renaissance proved to have a lasting influence on his work. Although he portrayed many men, he excelled in his portraits of women. His skill and technique enabled him to depict textures such as lace, fur and hair, with a beauty and elegance that subverted established limitations of printmaking. In 1937 he was elected an Academician of the Royal Academy. Two years later he moved to America, where he remained until his death.