By the Hills by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst True to Life exhibition poster
Official promotional exhibition poster to accompany the 2017 exhibition True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s, shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
This poster features the artwork By the Hills by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Ferens Art Gallery: Hull Museums. Printed on a high quality matt paper stock and delivered rolled in a poster tube.
This glamorous portrait featured in the Royal Academy ’s annual exhibition in 1939. It must have been one of the artist’s last paintings before leaving Britain for America later that year. There was speculation about the identity of the model, ended by the Daily Mirror when it reported (16 May 1939) that it was ‘Lady Marguerite Strickland, a famed society beauty, elder daughter of the Earl of Darnley’.
Strickland was one of the most glamorous debutantes of the era: she featured in advertisements for shampoos, Pond’s cream and cigarettes, and acted on the stage. It was she who approached Brockhurst to model for a portrait. The head alone took twenty-eight sittings. Brockhurst thought she was a bit thin so used Dorette as the model for the body. The title of the painting was thought up by Strickland. The landscape background is loosely based on paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.