The human face is always incredibly interesting to me. There was something very pleasant about this boy's face, and I liked the colors, and style. It was up for auction on eBay last year in Amsterdam and for some reason, hardly anyone bid against me and I actually won it!
It is signed A. Hodgkinson, 1943. There is a label on the back that reads, "A. Brunning, A Schoolboy" and another label, "James Bourlet & Sons, Ltd., Fine Art Packers & Frame Makers, 17 & 18 Nassau St."
After a little online research, I found that Alexander Hodgkinson was a British artist and Bourlet Co. was, and still is, in Manhattan. The rest is a mystery.
I would absolutely love to know more about this A. Brunning, who, if he is still around, would be about 75 to 80 years old now. If you are out there, Mr. Brunning, I have your portrait and would very much like to meet you. I've been thinking about you all afternoon, while your portrait watched over me, decorating the tree.
Willow Manor 2008
The true portrait of a man
is a fusion of what he thinks he is,
what others think he is,
what he really is and what he tries to be.