GERALD LESLIE BROCKHURST, R.A.
EDWARD ALEXANDER PARTINGDON, 3RD BARON DOVERDALE (1904-1949)
signed and dated BROCKHURST.1936. (lower right)
oil on canvas
unframed: 86 by 67cm., 33¾ by 26¼in.
framed: 109 by 89cm., 43 by 35in.
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The canvas appears to be stretched over board. There are two vertical scuffs towards the right edges including one beneath the left proper shoulder, with one or two possible further more minor instances elsewhere. There are some rubs towards the bottom of the canvas. There might be some very minor discolouration to the white pigment. There is some light surface dirt and one or two instances of surface matter in places. This excepting, the work appears in very good overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered fluorescence to the work, some of which may be line with the Artist's working methods and some of which is retouching.
The work is housed in a gilt frame.
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Mrs Arthur Pointing
Mossgreen Auctions Australia, 20 May 2012, lot 72
Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was the most famous and sought-after portrait painter of his day. He is most typically associated with highly finished, glamorous female portraits with his subjects including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Merle Oberon, J. Paul Getty and Mrs Paul Mellon. Brockhurst's artistic talents were reconised from an early age, as a student at the Royal Academy, Brockhurst won the Gold Medal for Drawing at the age of only 17. He went on to win a number of further prizes, one of which was a traveling scholarship to Italy, and his exposure to Italian Renaissance art had a profound impact on his work. Indeed the Italinate background to the present work owes much to this infuence. Brockhurst was able to depict his sitters with exacting detail whilst imbuing them with refined textures and tones.
The sitter in the present work is Edward Alexander Partingdon, 3rd Baron Doverdale who married Miss Audrey Pointing of Sydney where the couple lived.