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Frank Brangwyn:
Study for Birmingham University War Memorial, c. 1921

Framed (ref: 5304)

Inscribed 'Birmingham War Memorial in red, illegible inscription above
Gouache on brown paper, 13 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (34.5 x 57 cm.)


Provenance: Waldron West until 1994; thence by descent.

In a French pitch pine flat section frame with ebony stringing

Brangwyn's assistant Frank Alford noted in his diary in July 1921 that Sir Aston Webb discussed with Brangwyn a mosaic memorial to ex-soldiers, consisting of three panels. The project never came to fruition and this is the only known study for it.

Waldron West, a portrait painter who was born, trained and worked in  Worcestershire, was profoundly influenced by Brangwyn .  West befriended Brangwyn in the  late 1930's and as part of his friendship acquired, over the next two decades, a number of works from his mentor.

We are grateful to Dr. Horner for assistance.  This drawing will appear as reference M4898 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonne.