Hercules Brabazon Brabazon

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Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
1821-1906
Christ on the Cross
Watercolor on paper.
12 x 8 11/16 inches (305 x 220 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.56

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Inscription: 

Inscribed at lower right, in red: "HBB".

Provenance: 
The Fine Arts Society, London; from which purchased by Joseph F. McCrindle, New York, July 1948 (McCrindle collection no. A0181).
Bibliography: 

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, NEAC (1821-1906), exh. cat. (London, 1989).

Summary: 

Though Brabazon trained for a short time under James D'Egville and Alfred Downing Fripp, he was largely self-taught. On trips to Spain, Italy, Egypt, the Indies, and France, Brabazon executed scores of landscapes in watercolor. During that time he made copies--"souvenirs" as he referred to them--of the old masters. It is possible that the present sheet replicates a depiction of Christ on the Cross. Barbazon exhibited his work in London, with particular intensity from 1865 until 1870. As Adrian Bury would write, Brabazon had a gift for "summing up the intentions and style of an artist with a gesture, i.e. a gesture in watercolor."

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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