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Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956)   BIOGRAPHY

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L'Ombre de la Croix - (bearded man) Book 1, page 9 1931
Unmounted (ref: 2910)
Unique working proof,inscribed 1st slate Kes Row (?)47
Etching, 2 x 1 3/4 in. (5 x 4.5 cm.) plate size


 


Provenance: from the collection of William de Belleroche.
Literature: Jerome and Jean Tharaud, L'Ombre de la Croix, Paris, 1931


The text for L'Ombre de la Croix,  written by the brothers Jerome and Jean Tharaud, was published by Editions Lapina, Paris, 1931, in two volumes, and was illustrated with 73 Brangwyn etchings. The book describes the lives of Jews in contemporary Europe and many of Brangwyn's illustrations appear to depict the town of Belz in Poland, which was a centre of pilgrimage. Brangwyn is not known to have visited Poland and current research suggests that a large proportion of the etchings were based on photographs.

We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for her assistance.  This image will appear as no 2869 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonne.



Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956)


Frank Brangwyn was born in Bruges, Belgium, the son of an English father and Welsh mother. The family returned to London in 1874, Brangwyn's father gaining work as a designer of buildings, embroideries and furniture. Although Brangwyn appears to have had little formal education, whether academic or artistic, his earliest mentors were three of the most influential men in design at the turn of the century: Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, William Morris and Siegfried Bing. Between 1884 and 1887 Brangwyn travelled to Kent, Cornwall and Devon, before venturing further with trips to Turkey in 1888, South Africa in 1891, Spain in 1892 and Morocco in 1893. Brangwyn was an independent artist, an experimenter and innovator, capable of working on both large and small scale projects, ranging from murals, oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs to designs for architecture, interiors, stained glass, furniture, carpets, ceramics and jewellery, as well as book illustrations, bookplates and commercial posters. It is estimated that he produced over 12,000 works during his lifetime. Mural commissions included the Worshipful Company of Skinners, London (1902-09), St Aidan's church, Leeds (1908-16), Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Canada (1918-21), Christ's Hospital, Horsham (1912-23), State Capitol, Jefferson City, USA (1915-25), the British Empire panels, Swansea (1925-32), and Rockefeller Center, New York (1930-34). Brangwyn married Lucy Ray in 1896 and took on the lease of Temple Lodge, Hammersmith, in 1900. In 1918 the artist purchased The Jointure, Ditchling, where he spent most of his time following his wife's death in 1924. Elected RA in 1919, knighted in 1924, holder of countless artistic awards, Brangwyn was modest about his singular achievements, regarding art as an occupation and describing himself as a designer.

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