This 1942 etching comes from the collection of the subject, the artist’s wife, the young model Kathleen Woodward, whom he had renamed Dorette. Their relationship caused quite a stir in its early stages because Brockhurst was still married to his first wife Anais. In August, 1939, Brockhurst and Dorette moved from Britain to the United States, and a divorce from Anais was granted in 1940. Jeunesse Doree literally means Gilded Youth, and refers to the opulent, flashy lifestyle of the rich and famous—which Brockhurst evidently wished for his new love. The image is entrancing and mesmerizing. I think it’s obvious that Dorette exercised an immense attraction for Gerald. The fact that this etching was part of Dorette’s own collection until her death gives this image an added interest and importance. It has never been for sale publicly until now. It has been professionally cleaned. The size of the paper is nine and a quarter by thirteen inches; the image is eight and three-quarters by ten and three-quarters.
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