Portrait of Dorette
signed and dated 'G.L. Brockhurst./ 1933-' (lower right)
pencil and stump on paper
1478 x 1018 in. (37.8 x 25.7 cm.)
with R.H. Spurr, Bradford.
Sir William Aykroyd, 1st Bt. (1865-1947), Grantley Hall, Yorkshire, and by descent.
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Brockhurst met Kathleen Woodward in 1927, when she was modelling at the Royal Academy schools where he was a visiting professor. He renamed her Dorette, and she became his key muse, and later his second wife. In 1932 and 1933 he made a series of drawings, paintings and prints of her, aiming to form an ideal image of 'young womanhood for the modern age', and it seems likely that the present drawing is a study related to that project.

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