Gerald Leslie Brockhurst
Date Made/Found: about 1914
, British, 1890 - 1978
Material and Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: Frame: 795 x 660 x 55mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.531
The name Ranunculus refers to the buttercups that the woman is holding. The Victorian's believed that certain varieties of flowers expressed different sentiments; the Ranunculus implied that the recipient was rich in attractions. The female in this portrait was the artist's wife, Anais.
Gerald Brockhurst was one of the leading portrait painters in the late 1920s. His lengthy study of early Italian art, combined with the influence of Augustus John, created the stylistic imagery and realism that is characteristic to his work.