NPG Number
6687
Mkey
731
Sitter/Title
Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
WilliamRothenstein
Date made
circa 1895
Medium
sanguine and pastel
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
hercules brabazon brabazon

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Hercules Brabazon Brabazon

by

William Rothenstein

circa 1895

sanguine and pastel

© National Portrait Gallery, London

A cultured country gentleman, whose passion for painting in watercolours (he carried his paint box with him wherever he went) was held to be an amiable trait, he had been quietly filling portfolios with lovely drawings for 60 years,' wrote William Rothenstein of his sitter. 'One night, dining with a friend, [John Singer] Sargent noticed some drawings on the wall, and was told they were Brabazon's. He at once recognised their unique qualities; and Brabazon at the age of 80 found himself suddenly accepted as a master of his craft, elected a member of the New English Art Club, and enjoying the esteem of the younger generation.