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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)