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Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956)   BIOGRAPHY

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Sheet of Coffeepot and Jug Designs, 1930
Unmounted (ref: 7756)
Signed, inscribed: 'glass'
Pencil, pen and wash on thin paper
29 7/8 x 19 5/8 in. (76 x 50 cm)


Provenance: Edgar Peacock; Edgar Horns, Eastbourne, 20 sept 2000

Literature: Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, Liss Fine Art, The Fine Art Society, text by Libby Horner, cat176, page 177.

Brangwyn’s designs for glassware, probably dated circa 1929-30, included tumblers,  wine glasses,  fruit bowls and decanters. Four designs forwine glasses, two decanters with stopper, a plain jug with cover and aclaret jug were produced by James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) for the 1930 Pollard exhibition. Unfortunately no pieces are known to have survived, but since the glass is not marked or signed in any way, it may bepossible that Brangwyn glassware exists but has not been recognized as such, or may have been attributed to Philip Webb or Thomas GrahamJackson, whose designs Brangwyn emulated.
This rare original drawing, along with a small group left by Brangwyn to his house keeper Lizzie Peacock, remain the only documentary evidence of Brangwyns collaboration with Powell.

We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for assistance.

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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