Hercules Brabazon Brabazon

(1821 Paris - 1906 Oakland Battle)


He was an English watercolorist,  the son of landed gentry who inherited the family estates. Brabazon lived in Sussex but traveled annually to the Continent, especially to the Alps and the Mediterranean. He also visited Africa, India and the Middle East in the 1860s and 1870s, producing many landscapes on his travels, e.g. Street in Cairo (London, V&A). He was largely self-taught and his stye is closely related to that of David Cox and influenced by Turner and Whistler. John Singer Sargent greatly admired his work and championed his one-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in 1892, where Brabazon held several more  shows. McLure Hamilton described him as 'that clever artist who knew how to breath on paper in puffs of coloured smoke the most charming skies and lakes, and mountains and Venetian palaces".

Askalon, pencil and body colour, 13.5x21.5cm