Brockhurst, Gerald Leslie (1890-1978), 'James McBey', Etching, 1931

'James McBey', Etching, 1931


Signed by the artist in pencil. Printed on wove paper. Edition of 111.

"Brockhurst met James McBey at a dinner party given in London by Mr. J. Leonard Sessler of Philadelphia. McBey, who was married to Marguerite Loeb, a photographer and bookbinder from Philadelphia, moved to the United States in 1931. He was already a well known and highly respected painter and etcher at the time. An Official War Artist during the First World War, his etchings based on his drawings of the Camel Corps patrol made in the Middle-East sold well upon his return to England after the war. He benefited greatly from the post-war print boom in the 1920s, when his etchings fetched high prices at auction. He is also remembered for his notable portraits of Emir Faisal, and T.E. Lawrence. Brockhurst was fascinated by McBeys appearance and personality and he invited him to sit for an oil portrait. The story goes that temperatures that summer were at an all time high but that McBey was an excellent sitter, his only requests being for regular highly-sweetened cups of tea to keep him fortified."

Image Size 26.7 x 19.1 cm
Paper Size 37.7 x 27.8 cm
Reference William Dolan Fletcher no.69

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