Hubert von Herkomer was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1849. When he was two years old his family emigrated first to America and then to Southampton to live in England. Having studied in Munich and at the South Kensington Schools, he became an artist for the magazine, The Graphic, specializing in social realism. His exhibit to the RA at the age of 26, a painting of Chelsea Pensioners with the title The Last Muster, won great acclaim. In 1883 he established an art school in Bushey and achieved fame and fortune as a portrait painter. Not just a draughtsman and a painter, his talents extended to engraving, enamelling, theatre productions and even early cinematography. In 1904 he passed on the management of the art school to his star pupil Lucy Kemp-Welch, famous for her equine studies. Herkomer died in 1914.
Bushey Museum and Art Gallery holds an extensive collection of Herkomer works, as well as a room dedicated to Lucy Kemp-Welch. Curators Pat Woollard and John Gerry will tell us about this remarkable man and talk about the collection in general.
This event has been organised by the Hertfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.