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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
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Portraiture in the 1920s

Historically, the precision of engraving and etching has lent itself to portraiture and self-portraiture with a long tradition that spanned from Rembrandt and Van Dyck to Augustus John. In the 1920s, Gerald Brockhurst's finely crafted etchings were the most sought after but were often outside of Sidney Greenslade's budget. The delicacy of Brockhurst's technique is in marked contrast to Head of a Jew by Bouverie Hoyton, which illustrate a more forthright treatment of facial expression and character. Edgar Holloway is represented by the third and fifth (final) states of his carefully observed Self Portrait No.6. (More than one 'state' of the same etching was sometimes purchased to demonstrate different stages in the development of the image).