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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

1890 - 1978

The Amberley Boy, No.2 by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

The Amberley Boy, No.2   1928

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Wright 62 viii/viii; Fletcher 62 viii/viii
S 440 x 271 mm; P & I 194 x 149 mm
Original G.L.Brockhurst etching.

The Amberley Boy, No.2 has always been one of the most sought after of this gifted etcher’s works. This beautifully handled etched portrait of a coy young peasant lad repeats a subject which Gerald Leslie Brockhurst had attempted in 1920 and which exists in only 3 proof impressions. The earlier etching had been abandoned at an early stage after the artist recorded the plate as “spoiled” (it was destroyed in the printing press). Fortunately, no such mishap occurred to this second plate which proved to be one of the most successful of all of G.L.Brockhurst’s portraits of children.

An impression of The Amberley Boy, No.2 was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1929.

On cream wove paper with full margins and deckle edge.
Provenance: Mrs. Lewis Kimball
The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey.

On cream laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Faint mat line in outer margins, otherwise very fine original condition.