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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

1890 - 1978

Albert H. Wiggin, Esq. (of New York) by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Albert H. Wiggin, Esq. (of New York)   1932

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Wright 73; Fletcher 73 ii/ii
S 380 x 277 mm; P & I 248 x 188 mm
Original G.L.Brockhurst etching.

Outstanding proof impression with rich blacks and striking contrast. From the only edition of 58 signed proofs (64 in all). The plate for this etching is known to have been cancelled.

A masterpiece of etching, this superbly worked portrait diplays the remarkable stipple-like technique through which Brockhurst achieved the astonishing finish seen in his finest original prints. The dramatic lighting has further enhanced the effect of this impressive work.

This plate was commissioned by the sitter, Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951); a prominent art collector who had made his fortune in banking, rising to become Chairman of Chase National Bank. Wiggin went on to be a key advisor to the Hoover administration concerning the handling of the Great Depression. Upon his death his extensive collection of prints, watercolours, drawings and books passed to the Boston Public Library; the collection includes 258 volumes bearing fine fore-edge paintings one of the largest collections of its kind in the U.S.A.

On cream wove paper, with full margins. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.