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Charles Claude Carpenter

Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978)


Signed and dated 1931 in reverse in plate


11 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches

Harold Wright, 'The Later Etchings by G L Brockhurst', The Print Collector's Quarterly, 1934, Vol XXI, No 4, Page 332;
Harold Wright, 'Catalogue of the Etchings of G L Brockhurst',
The Print Collector's Quarterly, 1935, Vol XXII, No 1, Page 76, Catalogue Raisonné No 71;
William Dolan Fletcher,
Complex Simplicity, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst and his Graphic Work, Connecticut: Eastern Press 1984, Page 64, Catalogue Raisonné No 71

'Gerald Brockhurst: A Dream of Fair Women', Fine Art Society, London, 1986, No 101;
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 93


From an edition of 80

Charles Claude Carpenter (1858-1938) was a collector of sculpture, books and prints, and privately commissioned this etching. Allegedly, he had commissioned a nude sculpture of Dorette, the young model who was to become Brockhurst's second wife. Although the sculpture remained unfinished, Brockhurst included it on the bookcase in the background in this portrait. Carpenter was some time President of the South Metropolitan Gas Company. Although there were 80 impressions of this plate in all (including proofs) only 20 were ever offered for sale, Carpenter retaining the balance with their fate unknown.

'In his button-hole he carries the button of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.' (Harold Wright,
The Print Collector's Quarterly, 1935)

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