Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) [NM] : Copy after self-portrait with children, 1880.


SAL record control number: 99323 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Copy after self-portrait with children  [from collection database] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Copy after self-portrait with children  [from collection database] ;

Work date: 1880  [from top of work] ;

Work creator: Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) [NM] ;

Work medium: Engraving after etching ;
Work dimensions: 14-5/8 x 7-3/4 inches [unframed] | 22-1/2 x 16-1/2 x 3/4 [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower left, center and top.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘H. H. 79’ and ‘Hubert Herkomer, A. R. A. and his Child / Drawn and Etched by Himself’ and ‘Published London, April 1st, 1880 by The . . . Artists & Foreign Artists Association. Entering according to doc. of Congress in the year 1880 by Knoedler . . . office of the Library of Congress’.

Verso: [unknown] ;

SAL category: Works on paper ;
SAL sub-category: Portrait ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Figure female
Figure group
Figure male
Portrait — Half length
Portrait — Head and shoulders
Portrait — Notable person
Portrait — Notable person — Hubert von Herkomer, 1849-1914

Description of work:

Hubert von Herkomer was a painter, illustrator, engraver, early pioneering film director and composer. As a child Herkomer did not attend regular school but worked with his father, a wood-carver. The artist grew up very poor and his mother would teach music lessons to earn extra income. Herkomer studied at several schools including the Royal College of Art in London. By age thirty-four, he founded and directed his own school, the Herkomer School of Art at Bushey, Herfordshire, from 1883 to 1904.

Herkomer was most known for his etchings of people and children. This work, a print of an original etching, was created on portable equipment during a camping trip to Wales in the summer 1879 with his young children, Siegfried and Elsa. The artist considered this etching his best he ever produced, even while struggling with what he considered a toy-like press.


ca.1900s SCNY, gift of [unknown], accession #2006.422 ;
1880 April 1 British & Foreign Artists’ Association, London, England ;
1879 Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) [NM], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.

References / citations:
– SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30, 2021, #9.



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