Gerald Leslie Brockhurst: The War Widow (1923)

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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, (1890-1978) The War Widow, c. 1923, Oil on gessoed cradled hardwood panel, 18 x 13 ¾ in. (45.7 x 34.9 cm), Image Source: Phlip Mould and Co.

This painting was originally titled Andromache by the artist when it was painted in circa 1923 [fig. 1]. This initial title references the Greek princess recorded in Homer’s Iliad, who lost every male member of her family during the Trojan War. This portrait, painted in the aftermath of the Second World War, consequently assumes a tragic relevance and poignancy. Brockhurst later reworked the painting and re-named it The War Widow.

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