by William Strang
11 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (296 mm x 216 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandson, Lord Bridges, 1988
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- William Strang (1859-1921), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 65 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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This portrait is goldpoint, a technique rarely used since the Renaissance. Made by drawing with a metal stylus over a prepared ground - tinted pink in this case - metalpoints keenly test the skill of the artist since the delicate line cannot be erased. The profile drawing of Bridges formed the basis of an etching by Strang which the poet thought showed him as 'a cross between Moses and an old lion'.