Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978):
By the Lake, circa 1913
Framed (ref: 7017)
Signed 'G L Brockhurst' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'By the Lake/by G.L. Brockhurst RA.' (on the backboard)
pencil and watercolour
11 ¾ x 14 ¾ in. (30 x 37.5 cm.)
Provenance: with R.H. Spurr, Romney Gallery, Southport.
Exhibited: Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, A Dream of Fair Women: An Exhibition of the Work of Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. (1890-1978): Painter and Etcher, December 1986 - February 1987, no. 36: this exhibition travelled to Birmingham, City Art Gallery, February - March 1987; and London, National Portrait Gallery, April - May 1987.
Literature:Exhibition catalogue, A Dream of Fair Women: An Exhibition of the Work of Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. (1890-1978): Painter and Etcher, Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, 1986, p. 39, no. 36.
It is likely that this image was conceived for Brockhurst's entry for the 1913 Scholarship in Decorative Painting to The British School at Rome. Colin Gill won the scholarship and Brockhurst was the runner-up.
The composition has elements in common with Piero de Cosimo A Satyr mourning over a Nymph in the National Gallery which might have been a source of inspiration.