The Dancer (Anais)

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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1891-1978), The Dancer (Anais), 1925, etching, signed lower right and dedicated by the artist (to F.L. Berry, Esq.) lower left [also signed and dated in reverse in the plate lower left]. Reference: Fletcher 52, seventh state (of 7). From the edition of 107. Inágood condition, with slightest toning,áwith full margins and as issuedáand (not archivally) matted, 9 1/4 x 5 1/2, the sheet 15 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches.

Provenance: F. L. Berry (not in Lugt, see note below)

Roddy Willis has graciously provided an extensive background note on this provenance, which I quote from with permission: “Francis Berry, Wine Merchant of 3 St James Street was my wife’s grandfather! I recently came upon his old journal of art purchases and sales when clearing out my mother in law’s flat after she died in March. Sadly Francis Berry died prematurely in 1936 but he must have known Gerald Brockhurst; most of his art collection appears to have been sold at Christies after his death ( a bit of a blow!). I have however found an entry which reads ‘ Etching ‘The Dancer’ after a pencil drawing in FLB’s possession; inscribed ‘to FLB’ – gift of the artist Dec 1925. Published Jan 1926 . It looks as though the etching was sold at Christies 12/36 for ú30-00 !”

A fine impression with exquisite detailing, printed in a dark brownish black ink on laid Whatman paper, with the Whatman watermark.

Brockhurst was one of the outstanding British artists of the early 20th Century, hugely popular in the ’20’s and early ’30’s. Today he seems to be gaining renown foráhis poignant images of young women and girls (including the famed Adolescence) and several portraits of contemporaries (Rushbury, McBey); and for classic portraits such as The Dancer; to print lovers impressionsásuch as this example show him at his best: an artist able to capture his subject through mastery of both etching technique and draftsmanship.