-- American painter
Galleries of Wales,
A 179 
Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
(1821-1906) was an Irish/English watercolorist who came to it
at a late age -- though he had been a gentleman artist for many years
He held his first one-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in 1892 at
age of 71 quickly became a sensation with works such as "The
Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, and
D. S. MacColl, his friends from the New
English Art Club, were all wildly supportive of this "new kid's"
solo exhibition. Sir
Frederick Wedmore described him as being: 'A country gentleman, who at seventy
years old made his
debut as a professional artist, and straightaway became famous.'
years older than
Sargent, the two shared a lot in common and they became good
Brabazon first exhibited at the New
English Art Club in '91. He was raised in France, developed a love
of music and traveled widely spending his summers in the Riviera and
through North Africa and the Middle East.
put into perspective the affection Sargent had for this man and the
painting -- this was in Sargent's personal collection
when he died in 1925 - twenty-five years after it was painted.
such as "Fondamenta
della Salute" and "Venice (3)"
showed the deftness
of what Whistler had done and in many ways the same sort of things
doing. Sargent admired him greatly and at the time of his own death
works by Brabazon in his own collection.
Brabazon Sharpe, the
youngest of two sons from an Irish aristocratic family which held
in both Ireland and Britain he was able to enjoy a life of the
arts and leisure. Upon the early death of his older brother ('47)
then his father in '58 when he was thirty-seven years old, he inherited
the title and fortune of the
and became Hercules Brabazon Brabazon.
Early on, after his
the family back to England, he studied watercolors at Harrow and then
at Trinity College.
Sargent paints him, Hecules would have been 79 years old.
Margaret Davies purchased this painting from the Sargent's studio sale
after his death in 1925, then she bequest
it to the National
Museums and Galleries of Wales,1963