Adolescence (Kathleen Nancy Woodward)
etching, 1932, on wove paper, a fine impression of the fifth, final state, signed in pencil, from the edition of ninety

Plate 368 x 264 mm.
Sheet 463 x 338 mm.

With Colnaghi & Co., London (with their stock number H56817 in pencil recto).
Fletcher 75
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Adolescence is considered Brockhurst’s masterpiece in the etching medium. The young woman gazing at her reflection in the mirror is the artist's muse, Kathleen Woodward, whom he had met in 1926 while she was a model at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Their affair caused a scandal, and led to Brockhurst's very public and acrimonious divorce from his first wife, Anaïs Folin. Woodward and Brockhurst later moved to New York, where they married in 1947. For Brockhurst, 'Dorette' (as he called Woodward), embodied his vision of young womanhood and the work is charged with the sensuality of their impetuous relationship.

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