Una (Portrait of a Creole Lady) – definitive state

brockhurstunaportraitofacreoleladyGerald Leslie Brockhurst (1891-1978), Una (Portrait of a Creole Lady), etching, 1929, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in reverse in the plate lower left]. Reference: Fletcher 65, tenth state (of 10), from the edition of 111. In very good condition, the slightest marginal toning, printed on a cream wove paper with full margins, 8 5/8 x 6 1/4, the sheet 15 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches, archival matting.

A very fine impression, delicately printed in brownish/black ink.

Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, with their stock number (A53211) lower right.

A painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by Brockhurst is related to this etching; the model is the same woman.

Gerald Leslie 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 is still renowned for his poignant images of young women and girls and several portraits of contemporaries (Rushbury, McBey); to print lovers portraits such as this example show him at his best: as a master etcher, and superb draftsman.