Gerald Leslie Brockhurst 1890 - 1978

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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Portrait of Yvonne MacDonald, née Norton-Bell
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British and European Art
June 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: 46.620 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Nadejda, 1924
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The Harborne Collection, the Estate of Magdi Obeid
March 2024
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 200 - 300 GBP
Realised: 282 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Pool of Bethesda 103 x 128.5 cm. (40 1/2 x 50 1/2 in.)
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Modern British Art
November 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst - Dorette (Kathleen Nancy Woodward)
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Prints & MultiplesSummer Splash
August 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 900 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.792 USD
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst - The Black Silk Dress (Anais)
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Prints & Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams, Los Angeles (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 448 USD
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Portrait study of a young woman
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British and European Art: Online
December 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 23.940 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Portrait of Dorette
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British and European Art: Online
December 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 18.900 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Piccadilly by Night 26 x 36.2 cm. (10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)
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Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 7.650 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Pool of Bethesda 103 x 128.5 cm. (40 1/2 x 50 1/2 in.)
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Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Betty 45.1 x 34.9 cm. (17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.) (sheet); 37.9 x 28.3 cm. (14 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.) (image)
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Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 20.400 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Portrait study of a lady 25.1 x 20 cm. (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Auction
Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 20.400 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Study for Vanity
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Modern British Day Auction
June 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 8.190 GBP
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The artist Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

  • English portrait painter of the 20th century.
  • His talent in drawing was discovered as a child.
  • He painted portraits of personalities such as Marlene Dietrich and Margaret Campbell.

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, born 10.10.1890 in Birmingham, deceased 04.05.1978 in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, was an English artist known for his impressive portraits from the 1930s and 40s. He showed great talent for drawing as a child, and was admitted to the Birmingham School of Art at the age of 12. There he was described by the headmaster as a »young Botticelli«. In 1913, he was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Royal Academy of Arts and was able to travel to France and Italy, where he found inspiration in the works of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Brockhurst started out making etchings, but later became best known for his portrait paintings. Both his etchings and his paintings show various depictions of women, including images of his wife Anaïs Folin as well as of his muse and later partner Kathleen Woodward. He divorced Folin in 1940 because of his liaison with Woodward. He also produced one of his more prominent works in collaboration with her as his official muse: Adolescence (1932).

The etching of the unclothed young woman looking at herself in front of a mirror is characteristic of Brockhurst's striving to depict the ideal image of young, attractive women (bodies). After a longer time in London, Brockhurst moved to New Jersey in the USA in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War. There he was particularly successful with his portrait paintings in muted, dark colours, so that he was privileged to take on commissions from personalities such as Merle Oberon, Marlene Dietrich or Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

One of his most important paintings today is the life-size portrait of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll from 1931, which belongs to the collection of the Tate Gallery in London. Around 1945 Brockhurst also produced a number of lithographs. In 1951 he was admitted as a member of the National Academy of Design. He lived with his muse and partner in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, until his death in 1978. 

Der Künstler Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

  • Englischer Porträtmaler des 20. Jahrhunderts.
  • Sein Zeichentalent wurde bereits im Kindesalter entdeckt.
  • Fertigte Porträts von Persönlichkeiten wie Marlene Dietrich oder Margaret Campbell.

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, geb. am 10.10.1890 in Birmingham, gest. 04.05.1978 in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, war ein englischer Künstler, der für seine eindrucksvollen Porträts aus den 1930er- und 40er-Jahren bekannt ist. Schon als Kind zeigte sich bei ihm ein großes Zeichentalent, sodass er im Alter von 12 Jahren auf der Birmingham School of Art aufgenommen wurde. Dort wurde er vom Schulleiter als »junger Botticelli« bezeichnet. 1913 wurde er von der Royal Academy of Arts mit einem Reisestipendium gefördert und konnte so nach Frankreich und Italien reisen, wo er sich Inspiration in den Werken von Piero della Francesca, Botticelli und Leonardo da Vinci holte.

Brockhurst übte sich zunächst in der Fertigung von Radierungen, wurde später aber vor allem durch seine Porträtgemälde bekannt. Sowohl seine Radierungen als auch seine Gemälde zeigen unterschiedliche Darstellungen von Frauen, darunter Abbildungen seiner Ehefrau Anaïs Folin sowie von seiner Muse und späteren Partnerin Kathleen Woodward. Von Folin ließ er sich 1940 aufgrund seiner Liason mit Woodward scheiden. In Zusammenarbeit mit ihr als seine offizielle Muse entstand auch eines seiner prominenteren Werke: Adolescence (1932).

Die Radierung der unbekleideten jungen Frau, die sich selbst vor einem Spiegel betrachtet, ist kennzeichnend für Brockhursts Streben nach der Darstellung vom Idealbild junger, attraktiver Frauen(körper). Nach einem längeren Aufenthalt in London übersiedelte Brockhurst 1939 zu Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges nach New Jersey in die USA. Dort konnte er vor allem mit seinen Porträtgemälden in gedeckten, dunklen Farben überzeugen, sodass er Auftragsarbeiten von Persönlichkeiten wie Merle Oberon, Marlene Dietrich oder Wallis Simpson, der Duchess of Windsor, übernehmen durfte.

Zu seinen bedeutendsten Gemälden zählt heute das lebensgroße Porträt von Margaret Campbell, der Duchess von Argyll von 1931; es gehört indes zur Sammlung der Tate Gallery in London. Um 1945 produzierte Brockhurst schließlich auch einige Lithografien. 1951 wurde er als Mitglied in die National Academy of Design aufgenommen. Er lebte bis zu seinem Tod 1978 mit seiner Muse und Partnerin in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Vanity
Auction
Modern British Day Auction
June 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: 176.400 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst - Adolescence (Kathleen Nancy Woodward)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 15.000 USD
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Le Casaquin de Laine (The Linen Jacket)
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Prints and Multiples
April 2021
Bonhams, London
Est.: 500 - 700 GBP
Realised: 140 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Le Casaquin de Laine (The Linen Jacket)
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Prints & MultiplesPart I: (Lots 1-250) Part II: The Arthur N. Gilbert Collection of Important Prints by James Gillray (1756-1815)(Lots 251-363)
December 2020
Bonhams, London
Est.: 500 - 700 GBP
Realised: not available
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst - Adolescence (Kathleen Nancy Woodward)
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Prints & Multiples: Modern to Pop
September 2020
Christies, London (Online)
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 GBP
Realised: 8.125 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Head of a Girl
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Modern British Art
September 2020
Christies, London
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 8.125 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Nadejda, a Russian ballet dancer (recto); and Study of a male head (verso)
Auction
British & European Art
July 2020
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 7.500 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Edward Alexander Partingdon, 3Rd Baron Doverdale (1904-1949)
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Refining Taste: Works Selected by Danny Katz
May 2020
Sothebys, London
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 GBP
Realised: not sold
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A - Woman With An Earring
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Refining Taste: Works Selected by Danny Katz
May 2020
Sothebys, London
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 GBP
Realised: 1.625 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. - Anais In A Hat
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Refining Taste: Works Selected by Danny Katz
May 2020
Sothebys, London
Est.: 2.600 - 3.500 GBP
Realised: 2.500 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst R.A., R.P., R.E. - Young Womanhood
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Prints and Multiples
December 2019
Bonhams, London
Est.: -1 - -1 GBP
Realised: 637 GBP
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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst - Adolescence (Kathleen Nancy Woodward)
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Prints & Multiples
September 2019
Christies, London
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 GBP
Realised: 11.250 GBP
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