Sir Hubert von Herkomer
1 of 8 portraits by (Edward) Onslow Ford
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Sir Hubert von Herkomer
by (Edward) Onslow Ford
terracotta bust, 1877
19 5/8 in. (500mm) high
Sitterback to top
- Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 51 portraits.
Artistback to top
- (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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 298
Events of 1877back to top
Current affairsTrial of social activists Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh following their publication of a book by the American birth-control campaigner Charles Knowlton, which suggested that working class families should be able to practice birth control. Although found guilty, the case was thrown out on a technical fault.
Art and scienceThe Grosevenor Gallery opens, founded by Sir Coutts Lindsay, as a rival to the Royal Academy. It exhibited work by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, outside of the British mainstream, and became famous as the home of the Aesthetic movement.
The first Lawn Tennis Championship is held at Wimbledon with around 20 male competitors, witnessed by a few hundred spectators. Spencer Gore the first singles champion, wins 12 guineas.
InternationalThe American inventor Thomas Edison invents the tin foil phonograph, combining the technologies of the telegraph and telephone. Experimenting with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, he recorded and played back the short message 'Mary had a little lamb'.
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