Frank Brangwyn: The 9th Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time
Unframed (ref: 520)
Signed with monogram Original zinc lithographic plate,
30 x 32 in. (76.2 x 81.3 cm.)
Provenance: Kenneth Center; Michael Campbell; private collection, London Literature:
Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, exh. cat.,The Fine Art
Society, London, 2006 (no. 150); The Way of the Cross: An
Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn, London 1935; The Way of the Cross. An Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn RA with a Commentary by Libby Horner, Auad Publishing, San Francisco, 2008; Cat. 16, Frank Brangwyn, Stations of the Cross, Liss Fine Art 2015, page 30.
In 1934 Brangwyn completed a set of Stations of the Cross, the
original designs drawn in outline on tracing paper and transferred to
zinc plates from which the lithographs were printed. The tracing-paper
design was transferred to the plate by rubbing the back of the paper
with chalk and then retracing the outline of the image. Following this,
Brangwyn would have added the detail to the plate, including shading
and the folds of the costumes, using lithographic crayon.
sets of the Stations were printed on paper and a further three sets on
sycamore (an experiment intended to produce a lithograph that would be more durable in a damp church interior). The images were additionally published in a reduced format by Hodder and Stoughton as a book entitled The
Way of the Cross: An Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn (London 1935),
with a commentary by G.K. Chesterton, who enthused that Brangwyn was
surely ‘one of the most masculine of modern men of genius’ (p. 11).
The original pencil on tracing paper design for this Station is also
available; sight size 29 × 32 1/2 in. (73.7 × 82.6 cm.)
We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for her assistance. The Ninth Station will appear as S1904 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné.