By the Hills by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst ready to hang small framed print
23.5 x 18.5 cm (print size 10.5 x 9 cm) brown wooden frame handmade in Scotland mounted small print of By the Hills by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, from the Ferens Art Gallery: Hull Museums Collection. Art print 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 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. ‘Lady Marguerite Strickland, a famed society beauty, elder daughter of the Earl of Darnley’ 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.
Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (31 October 1890 – 4 May 1978) was an English painter and etcher. During the 1930s and 1940s he was celebrated as a portraitist, painting society figures such as Marlene Dietrich and the Duchess of Windsor. Today he is best known for his small etched prints of beautiful, idealized women – many of them modelled by his first and second wives.
23.5 x 18.5 cm (print size 10.5 x 9 cm)
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