Garden Scene by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Expand Icon

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906)

Garden Scene

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Unframed 17.5 x 25.5cm; Framed 32.4 x 39.8cm
(Watercolour and body colour) gouache

Initially raised in Paris, Hercules moved with his family to Oaklands, an estate near Sedlescombe, East Sussex, in 1832. His father then wanted him to study law, but instead he left England and went to Rome to study music and art, enrolling at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Accademia di San Luca. He gained financial independence when he inherited family estates in Connaught, the will requiring that he change his surname to Brabazon. From then on he led a life of travel, art study and painting, inspired by the works of artists such as Velázquez and Turner. Describing himself as living “for Art and Sunshine”, he viewed himself as a gentleman amateur, and did not exhibit or try to sell his work until his mid-seventies. He died at the height of his success in 1906, and is buried at Sedlescombe.

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