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The Image

An etching measuring 7¾" x 5¾". Signed in the plate T. C. Gotch and dated 1880 (May).

About the Artist

Thomas Cooper Gotch RBA, RI (1854-1931) was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire. He was a painter of portraits, landscape and allegorical and realistic genre. He studied at Heatherley’s Art School (1876), the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Antwerp (1877), the Slade School (1878), and with Jean Paul Laurens in Paris (1880). He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880-1931, showing 70 paintings in total. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1885 and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1912. He was a founder member of the New English Art Club (1886) and served as President of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists in 1913-28. He moved to Cornwall in 1887 and is considered one of the founding members of the Newlyn School of artists along with Stanhope Forbes and Walter Langley.

The Subject

Bearded Man with Headband. This is an early work by Gotch, executed during his period at the Slade School. It is reproduced in Pamela Lomax, The Golden Dream: A Biography of Thomas Cooper Gotch (2004), p. 45.

Thomas Cooper Gotch

Bearded Man with Headband

Thomas Cooper Gotch - Bearded Man with Headband