[Private view invitataion]

Method Etching
Artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer
Published 1881
Dimensions Image 188 x 110 mm, Sheet 196 x 117 mm
Notes A very rare hand printed private view invitation to an exhibition of new works by Hurbert Herkomer, monograph and dated within the image, featuring an etched portrait of a sailor above the invitation text that reads:

Hubert Herkomer solicits
the honour of a visit from
Mr Morelon & Friends, [manuscript]
to a private view of his pictures
"The Gloom of Idwal",
& other pictures, etchings & engravings
At the Gelleries of Messr Goupil & Co, 25 Bedford. St
March 30th & following Three Days-

The image of the sailor derives from one of the background figures in the exhibited painting "Missing", which was later Herkomer's entry to the Royal Academy summer exhibition of 1881. The large scale painting referred to the missing ship Atalanta, which was bound for Portsmouth from Bermuda on 7th November, 1879, but disappeared. Herkomer destroyed the painting in 1895, but a reduced watercolour copy by Herman Herkomer is held in the Yale Center for British Art. The other featured painting in the exhibition was "The Gloom of Idwal" a romantic Welsh landscape, which is described in A.L. Baldry's "Hubert von Herkomer R.A. A Study and a Biography"; "Another expedition to Wales occupied the spring of 1880. The same picturesque spot, in the neighbourhood of Lake Idwal, that he had visited before, was chosen, and accompanied by his father, who had returned from Germany, he spent some ten weeks encamped amid the most romantic surroundings. During this period he painted the impressive landscape "The Gloom of Idwal," which appeared, with the Ruskin portrait, at the Grosvenor Gallery 1881."

Sir Hubert von Herkomer CVO (1849 - 1914) was a German painter, etcher and mezzotint engraver. Although a successful portraitist, he is best known for earlier works such as 'Hard Times' (1885), that took an unflinching look at the living and working conditions of the impoverished. Born in Bavaria, Herkomer lived in Ohio, in the United States before moving to Southampton, England in 1857. Showing a talent for drawing and sculpture from an early age, Herkomer began his training at the Southampton School of Art before entering the South Kensington Schools in 1866. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1869, was elected an associate in 1879 and an academician in 1890. In 1883, Herkomer founded the Herkomer School, at Bushey, which he directed without payment until retirement in 1904. He was also a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and Slade professor at Oxford, between 1885 and 1894. Herkomer also enjoyed experimenting with filmmaking. He established a studio in his home where he filmed and directed seven historical dramas. In 1896 he was knighted by Queen Victoria, in 1899 awarded 'Pour le Mérite' by Kaiser Wilhelm II, and in 1907 received the honorary degree of DCL at Oxford.

Condition: Light toning and dirt build-up to sheet. Small stain to left of monograph, light crease to top of sheet. Glue and paper residue on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £200.00
Stock ID 51765