Portrait of Cecil Lawson

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Herkomer based this etching on a watercolor portrait of Cecil Lawson, made in 1877 (National Portrait Gallery, London); a reduced version was made as a frontispiece in "Memoir of Cecil Lawson" by Edmund W. Gosse (1883). Lawson was a painter, watercolorist and member of the Idyllists, whose death at age thirty-two cut short a promising career. He was a close friend of Herkomer's and the two often sketched together in the late 1870s.
An impression of the print was exhibited at M. Knoedler & Co., New York in 1882 (no.33) with the following caption by Herkomer: "A dear friend of mine, who died this summer [on June 10, 1882], under painful circumstances. A bright future, full of genius, whose landscapes will be remembered by the frequenters of the Grosvenor Gallery. I etched this for biographical work about to be published. It is pure drypoint."

Portrait of Cecil Lawson, Sir Hubert von Herkomer (British, Waal, Bavaria 1849–1914 Budleigh Salterton, Devon), Drypoint

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