Buy now on eBay
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Logo Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
01223 242684 /ArthurRankHospiceCharity @ArthurRankHouse @arthur_rank_hospice
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Logo
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 1
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 2
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 3
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 4
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 5
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 6
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 7
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 8
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 9
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 10
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 11
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 12
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 13
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 14
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 15
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 16
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 17
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 18
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 19
    Open Full-Size Image
  • Hubert von Herkomer "Entranced, or The Lady In Black", Antique Proof On Vellum 20
    Open Full-Size Image

Description

Title: An American Lady - also known as Entranced, The Lady In Black or Entranced in Some Diviner Mood of Self-Oblivious Solitude
Artist: Sir Hubert von Herkomer CVO RA
Medium: Etching on vellum, proof, with a remarque head, produced by the artist from the original oils on canvas work
Date: 1888 (original work 1886)
Features: Signed in pencil by the artist, with a sketch in the margin left of the signature; a publisher's label on the back is possibly unique
Framing: Wood with gold-coloured inlay and corn-coloured mounting boards; behind glass
Frame Dimensions: 74 x 90cm (29 x 35.5 inches)
Print Dimensions: 49 x 62cm (19.25 x 24.4 inches)
Image Dimensions: 41.5 x 53cm (16.4 x 20.75 inches)

An antique proof print on vellum, of excellent quality, produced by Robert Dunthorne (Print Publisher) of 28 Castle Street in Liverpool, circa 1888, with a tiny inscription above the image revealing that this is a version published in London by Thomas McLean during the same year. The original work (see the final photo) was painted in oils on canvas two years earlier by the noted Bavarian-born British artist Hubert von Herkomer, and it is believed that he was also responsible for the etching from which the print was made.

It is known as "Entranced" or "The Lady In Black" and depicts a young society woman dressed in a fine gown, perhaps taking a moment from the hustle and bustle of a fashionable party. Her identity is not known - however, this copy, perhaps uniquely, retains the print publisher's label from which we learn that it once had another name: "An American Lady," so while we don't know who she was, we do know where she was from. She is stylish and sophisticated, and her eyes are bright, a little melancholic and intelligent, suggesting that it's not her that is entranced but the artist - for she is very, very beautiful.

Von Herkomer, then 39 years old and at the height of his artistic career, has signed it in pencil at the lower right corner. In the lower left corner, we find another unusual feature - a tiny sketch portrait, possibly the same woman, which does not appear on any of the small number of other surviving examples of the print pictured online but is also seen in the example found in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (E.116-1971).

It is displayed in a wooden frame, set into mounting boards behind glass. The frame is of some age but probably not as old as the print; it's of reasonable quality but somewhat battered - it could be restored, but a better match for the image could be found. It has not been kept in the best conditions, but the print itself seems to have mercifully escaped serious damage - on very close inspection there may be some small marks, but it does not suffer from the discoloured patches caused by moisture and it has at least been displayed out of direct sunlight and so there is no discernible fading. There are a large number of dead thrips inside, but these do not eat or otherwise damage artworks and can be removed easily if the frame is opened.

The only other example of this rare and historic print currently for sale is priced at £795. It is in better condition than this one but lacks the margin sketch and publisher's label; however, this one does not have the pinkish discolouration next to the sketch seen in the Victoria & Albert copy and is therefore arguably in better condition than that.

Hubert von Herkomer - a brief biography

Born into a poor family on the 26th of May 1849 in what was then still the Kingdom of Bavaria, Hubert Herkomer emigrated to Cleveland in Ohio with his parents when he was two years old where they hoped a better living. It was not to be - after only six years they decided to return to Europe but, rather than going home to Bavaria, settled first in Southampton where they remained for 17 years and then Watford.

Hubert's education was shockingly meagre - an interview with Chums magazine in 1896 recorded that he had attended school for "only a month or two" before falling ill. His ailment does not seem to be known but, whatever it was, it was serious enough that he never went back. Fortunately, he was a natural artist, perhaps no surprise as his father, though never able to command a healthy salary, was a woodcarver of considerable note and his mother a music teacher. Hubert might well have followed his father into woodcarving, having made himself popular with his childhood contemporaries by making little mechanical toys from wood (he was also known to make excellent kites), but by the age of twelve he had produced a number of promising watercolours and within a few years his painting skills were sufficient to earn him a place at the Southampton School of Art. Later, when his father came into some money courtesy of a wealthier uncle's commission for a carving, father and son travelled to Munich to attend another art school there. Once back in England Hubert gained a place at the highly prestigious South Kensington Schools, which in 1896 became known as the Royal College of Art.

Now equipped with his innate ability and the educational criteria he needed to open doors, Herkomer began to get noticed - and that he was immediately recognised as a artist of considerable merit is made evident by the fact that his very first exhibition was at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he also sold his first painting. He found commercial work too, a job as illustrator for the popular London magazine The Graphic bringing in enough money to support his more academic work. In 1872, aged 22, he swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen and became a naturalised British citizen; two years later he was able to buy two cottages and a studio in Hertfordshire and sold a painting for £500 - equivalent to some £72,338 today and an enormous sum for a young, living artist. In the 1880s, he travelled back to the USA to paint a portrait of the architect Henry Hobson Richardson who in return designed a house for him - a vast, four-storey structure resembling a Germanic castle with turrets and a grand masonry arch. Herkomer had it built in Hertfordshire, named Lululaund after his second wife and sadly demolished in 1939 when anti-German sentiment got in the way of good sense - a Bavarian castle somehow transported to Bushey, and he lived there until his death in 1914.

Though by then a British subject for more than a quarter of a century, Herkomer was ennobled by King Otto of Bavaria in 1899 and thus became Hubert von Herkomer. Two years later, he produced the official portrait of Queen Victoria on her deathbed; six years after that he was knighted by her son and successor King Edward VII. His first wife was Anna Caroline Ada Weise, a German, but his next two wives - Eliza Louisa "Lulu" Griffiths and then, after her death during childbirth, her sister Maggie Griffiths - were both Welsh. Though he never lived there permanently, he felt a strong affection for Wales and especially adored Snowdonia where he painted numerous landscapes. He designed some regalia and Grand Sword of the Gorsedd of Bards, for which reason he is remembered during the Eisteddford to this day, and there are two roads named in his honour in Llandudno.

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

100% of the money raised from this sale will go to the charity.

Our sales team do their best to check each item and ensure that the description and pictures provided are as accurate as possible.

Feedback is extremely important to the charity so if you are not fully satisfied with your purchase please give us a chance to resolve any issues by contacting us prior to leaving feedback.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via eBay messages, we will make sure that your message is responded to promptly, usually within three working days. Messages sent over the weekend will be responded to on the next working day.

If this item is not quite what you were looking for but you would still like to help our cause, please consider providing us with a donation which can be done via our eBay Charity Profile linked below.

Donate via Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Profile

We only accept payments made through one of eBay's many approved methods. Please make sure to complete your payment within 96 hours of winning an item. Once your payment has been received we will dispatch your item as soon as possible, usually within two working days.

Delivery times are calculated in working days (Monday to Friday). If your order is placed after 1pm, the next working day will be considered the first working day for delivery. In case of bank holidays and during the Christmas period where delays are more likely, please allow an extra few days for delivery.

Domestic Delivery

We aim to dispatch orders within two working days. If for any reason there is an unexpected delay in dispatching your order we will make sure to inform you of this as soon as possible.

We use Evri to deliver the majority of our parcels. If you would like to specify a preferred neighbour, or safe place for the parcel to be left, please leave the details in a message when placing your order.

Some low-value items will be sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class. Some items of higher value are sent by Royal Mail Signed For or Special Delivery, which require a signature. If you are not present at the time of delivery, a card will be left instructing you to arrange a redelivery, or to collect your order from the local sorting office.

International Delivery

International orders are handled by eBay's Global Shipping Programme.

For full details please see the following eBay help page: Buying internationally with the Global Shipping Programme.

Items can be collected from our Retail Hub at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Eastern Counties Leather Industrial Estate, Pampisford, CB22 3EE during our opening hours of 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday. If you would like to collect your item please contact us in advance to arrange this.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Retail Hub Sawston Map
Show in Google Maps

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity uses the eBay Returns system to make the process as easy for you as possible. For full details about the process, and for information on how to begin a return, please see the following eBay help page: Return an item for a refund.

Change of Mind

If when you receive your order you are not completely satisfied, you may return the items to us within 30 days for a refund. Returns will be processed within three working days once the goods have been received by us.

Items must be returned to us in the same condition as they were received by you. This includes, but is not limited to: original packaging, original boxes, packaging materials, manuals, blank warranty cards, accessories and documents. We reserve the right to refuse a return or deduct an amount for lost value where the item is returned in a different condition.

We strongly recommend that you fully insure your package that you are returning, as well as using a carrier that can provide you with tracking information or proof of delivery.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will not be held responsible for returns lost or damaged in transit.

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the customer to cover any delivery charges for returning an unwanted item.

Incorrect/Damaged Goods

We try very hard to ensure that you receive your order in pristine condition. In the unlikely event that your order arrives damaged or faulty, please contact us via eBay immediately, this will be given special priority and you can expect to receive a response within 48 hours, Monday to Friday. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will cover the cost of domestic return postage for any incorrect or damaged items, subject to the cost of the chosen return method being reasonable. Please contact us before proceeding if unsure.

About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.