Christ and Pilate (Ecce Homo)
Research by Marjorie Gregson
Robert Wallace Hester was a British artist, engraver and caricaturist of some renown. He created many witty illustrations of famous people for Vanity Fair. There are 54 of his portraits in the National Gallery.
His father, Edward Gilbert Hester, was an engraver, working in Chiswick, and he taught his son the art of engraving.
Robert often used abbreviations and pseudonyms to sign his work: W. Hester, Hester and WH. He exhibited at the Salon des Artiste Francais in Paris from 1905.
Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators.
Acc No 190
Artist Munkácsy, Mihály 1844-1900
Engraver Hester, R Wallace 1866-1942
Medium Proof engraving, framed
Donor Mary Alice Hindle, 67 Laverton Road, Lytham St Annes
Date donated 26 March 1956
Another framed proof engraving, The Forge, by the same artist, also donated by Mrs Hindle, remains untraced.
ORIGINAL PAINTING by
Mihaly Munkacsy 1844-1900
Mihali Leo Lieb was born in Mukachevo, Hungary in 1844 to German parents and took his pseudonym from the place of his birth. His early years were spent in poverty and working in slave labour.
In 1860, after becoming seriously ill, he went into the care of his uncle, who, noticing the boy’s superb drawing ability, apprenticed him to a portrait painter thus beginning Mihali’s formal training. By the age of 26 he had become a sensation with his first masterpiece The Last Day of a Condemned Man and went on to achieve an international reputation with his genre paintings and large scale biblical pictures.
Mihali’s life was to lead from one of abject poverty to meteoric superstardom and his stunning works hang in many great museums. His most famous masterpiece is known collectively as The Christ Trilogy. The paintings “enthralled the public with their massive scale and psychological insight”.
He died in a mental home in Bonn, Germany in 1900.