Viba
© Richard Woodward

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This elegant etching is a portrait of the wife of the composer, Bobby Hazleton Ross. Brockhurst had previously used her as a model in 1922 for a work titled ‘Pépita’. He exhibited ‘Viba’ at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1929. Interestingly, he often made versions of his works in various media, including oil, graphite or chalk. This work is a reversed version of his painting ‘Dolores’. However, in the etching Brockhurst has included an open window, which frames the figure against the rolling landscape in the background.

Glossary Open

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Graphite

A form of carbon used in drawing materials, most commonly in lead pencils.

Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.

Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

Etching, Graphite, Medium/ media, Royal Academy

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4865
  • Medium Etching on paper
  • Size 21.40 x 17.00 cm (plate size)
  • Credit Presented by Mr Richard Woodward 2005