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Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

English, 1821-1906

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon was an English artist, accomplished in Turner manner watercolors. Initially raised in Paris, he moved with his family to Oaklands, an estate near Sedlescombe, East Sussex, in 1832. He attended Harrow School, the École Privat, Geneva and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in mathematics in 1844. His father then wanted him to study law but instead, he left England and went to Rome to study music and art, enrolling at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Accademia di San Luca. His father attempted to make him return by reducing his allowance but in 1847, on the death of his elder brother, he gained financial independence when he inherited family estates in Connacht, the will requiring that he change his surname to Brabazon. From then on, he led a life of travel, art study and painting, inspired by the works of artists such as Velázquez and Turner. In 1858, he inherited Oaklands, whose management he left to his brother-in-law while he continued to travel - mostly in Europe, but with trips to Africa and India - always returning with his watercolors. Describing himself as living "for Art and Sunshine," he viewed himself as a gentleman amateur and did not show or try to sell his work until his mid-70s. With the encouragement of artist friends, particularly John Singer Sargent, he began to exhibit, first at the New English Art Club, followed by successful solo exhibitions at the Goupil Gallery in Bond Street. He died at the height of his success in 1906 and is buried at Sedlescombe. Due to financial problems with the family estate, in 1926 Brabazon's relatives sold the works that they had inherited. The quantity, 3199 over 27 months, seriously devalued their price and Brabazon's reputation. Since the 1980s, however, the art dealership Chris Beetles Ltd has led a revival, and many major museums have examples of his work.

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"On the Nile"
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in ludlow, GB
Hercules Brabazon Brabazon HERCULES BRABAZON BRABAZON British 1821-1906 “River Nile, Egypt” Watercolour, initialed and framed. Hercules Brabazon Brabazon was famous for his impress...
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19th Century Impressionist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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Watercolor

Sunset on the Alps
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Late 19th century drawing and crayon view of a sunset over the Alps by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. Initial signed (HBB) by the artist. Brabazon would have visited, seen and drawn th...
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Late 19th Century Impressionist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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Pencil, Crayon, Paper

Bellagio, Lake Como.
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 19th century pastel drawing view of Bellagio on Lake Como by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. The work is under its original mount and initial signed (HBB) by the artist. Achieving ...
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1860s Romantic Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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Paper, Pastel, Pencil

The Colosseum, Rome, Grand Tour Reflections, Study in Light and Shade.
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 19th century watercolour study of The Colosseum, Rome, reflections, light and shade, by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. The work is titled 'Rome' on the mount and initial signed (HB...
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1860s Impressionist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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Paper, Watercolor

19th century pastel of a river scene, The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland.
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 19th century pastel drawing view of the Chapel Bridge and river Reuss in Lucerne, Switzerland by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. The work is titled 'Luzern' and initial signed (HBB) ...
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1860s Romantic Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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'Continental Landscape Street Scene' watercolour circa 1890
By Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Located in Frome, Somerset
A good watercolour, bodycolour & pencil study by the very collectable 19th century English artist. Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906). painting 6 x 7,1/2" , 15cmx19cm Original gi...
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1890s Romantic Hercules Brabazon Brabazon Art

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Mixed Media

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