Description & Technical information

As may be supposed from his early success as an illustrator, Herkomer was a gifted draughtsman, working extensively in pen and ink as well as watercolour and gouache. As the artist later described his technique, ‘I used in those days to paint abnormally large water-colours and always covered the paper first with a wash of some ochre or grey, then sketched the subject with charcoal. I would then commence with a hog-hair brush, working up the ground colour with some fresh tones, and out of a kind of chaos produce a head.’

Herkomer painted genre scenes of Bavarian peasants throughout his career. He produced several drawings of Bavarian and Alpine scenes for The Graphic magazine in the 1870’s, and his first major exhibited painting, After the Toil of the Day, shown at the Royal Academy in 1873, was set in the village of Garmisch in the Bavarian Tyrol. In November 1885 he exhibited a group of watercolours, drawn at Ramsau in Bavaria earlier that year, at the Fine Art Society in London, under the title Life and Work in the Bavarian Alps.

Date:  1905
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Germany, England
Medium: Watercolour on board
Signature: Signed with initials and dated H.H. / 1905 at the right centre. Inscribed A Bavarian Portrait Study / by Prof. H. von Herkomer / C.V.O., R.A. / Bushey / £30 on a label pasted onto the reverse. 

Dimensions: 32 x 25.2 cm (12⁵/₈ x 9⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Marilyn and Milton Myers, Hollywood, Florida
Thence by descent until 2013.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints