Edward James Rogers (1872-1938), 'Sylvia', c.1929

Edward James Rogers (1872-1938), 'Sylvia', c. 1929.

Edward James Rogers (1872-1938)

Sylvia, c.1929

Drypoint on paper, 18.8 x 12.4 cm
Signed, lower right: E.J. Rogers
Presented, in memory of Hubert and Rose Lundy, 2012
NGI.2012.4

Rogers was a Dublin-born artist and photographer who exhibited regularly at the RHA from 1908 to 1936. He made his living as a portrait photographer and in the early years of the twentieth century he advertised himself as ‘photographer, miniatures on ivory a speciality’. His father James Edward Rogers, who also exhibited at the RHA, was a qualified architect who worked with the firm Deane and Woodward in the 1860s.

This is a skilfully drawn drypoint portrait of a young girl. Through delicate use of line, Rogers captures her youth and beauty. It was exhibited at the RHA annual exhibition in 1929.