Sir Hubert von Herkomer

1 portrait

Sir Hubert von Herkomer, by (Edward) Onslow Ford, 1877 - NPG 6196 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Hubert von Herkomer

by (Edward) Onslow Ford
terracotta bust, 1877
19 5/8 in. (500mm) high
Deposited, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6196

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  • Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 47 portraits.

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  • (Edward) Onslow Ford (1852-1901), Sculptor. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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Born in Germany, von Herkomer's family settled in England where he studied painting at Southampton and the South Kensington Schools. He worked first as an illustrator, but soon achieved great popular success with his subject paintings depicting the lives of the poor. He turned increasingly towards portraiture in the 1880s and became one of the most successful, and wealthy, portraitists of the period. He built his house 'Lululaund' at Bushey in Hertfordshire. The artist experimented in various media, including mezzotint and enamels, and in his last years became absorbed in the possibilities of film. Edward Onslow Ford, the sculptor of this bust, was a leading figure in the New Sculpture movement of the late nineteenth century.

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