Study for Man’s Ultimate Destiny, c. 193
Framed (ref: 4430)
Pencil on buff coloured tracing paper, squared, with highlights in white chalk
60 x 84 in. (152.4 x 213.4 cm)
Tags: Frank Brangwyn allegory big pictures murals religion Brangwyn Drawings from the collection of Father Jerome Esser
Provenance: The Fine Art Society; Donald Sinden until 2006; private collection
Literature: British Murals & Decorative Painting 1920-1960, Sansom & Co, 2013, pp.218-231; Frank Brangwyn, Drawings from the Collection of Father Jerome Esser, Liss Fine Art 2015, cat. 11, page 14
Brangwyn's celebrated murals for the Rockefeller Center adorn the facade of the Comcast building, situated at the heart of the center at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
The murals decorate the main atrium around the entrance to the lifts.
This cartoon shows Brangwyn’s original proposal where Christ is seen seated on a hill facing the viewer, before the Rockefeller fraternity disallowed any religious content.
The area to the left of the lettering was also eliminated in the final work.
We are grateful to Libby Horner for her assistance. This will appear as M1110 in her forthcoming Catalogue Raisonne of Brangwyn.