Brangwyn, Frank

(1867 – 1956)

King of the Seas - Raleigh, 1924

£1,600.00

SKU: 2450

Pen and ink on paper, 13 1/2 x 19 11/16 in. (34.3 x 50 cm.)

Size:
Height: 34.3cm
Width: 50cm

1 in stock

DETAILS

Provenance:
Private Collection
Presentation:
mounted

DESCRIPTION

The earliest surviving pencil sketch by  Brangwyn is dated  1882.  Over  60  years  later  Brangwyn was still  producing drawings, including over 150 book illustrations.

Drawing was a compulsion for Brangwyn – endless sketches on the backs of envelopes,  letterheads and scraps of paper (in fact anything that came to hand)  attest to this.Brangwyn experimented with mixed media, often combining any of the following ‚Äî pencil,  crayon, chalk,  charcoal,  pastel,  pen  and ink and brush and ink. The drawings were made on a variety of different coloured papers.  

Although  he  had  no  formal  training  few  20th-century  British  artists rivalled his technical excellence ‚Äî in this respect he might be compared to Augustus John and William Orpen.  Brangwyn obviously enjoyed the process of sketching, hence the volume of work, sometimes drawing the same subject time and again with only small variations, and would return to  particular  images  for  inspiration  years  later,  making  dating  of completed works somewhat difficult.  His figure studies and  images of plants and animals, carried out in soft pencil, chalk, pastel or mixed media, dis-play  a  confidence  of line  which  rarely  required  change.  Brangwyn  felt that sketches show the most intimate side of an artist’s career  …  [studies] are usually the best thing an artist does.’

In common with many artists and writers, Brangwyn enjoyed the voy¬≠age of discovery far more than reaching port, the intellectual journey, the studies  and  cartoons,  more  than  the  signature  added  to  a  completed painting.  He explained this view to a reporter in  1933 :The  ideas  right  at  the  back  of  my  mind  ‚Äî  ideas  impossible  to express  in  words  ‚Äî  are  dawning  into  shape. The  painting  is  only secondary; it’s the thinking and planning ‚Äî the endless seeking for satisfaction with your work that really counts.’

It is in the drawings … that the key to Brangwyn’s greatness is to be found.’ TW  Earp, Brangwyn Art at Academy’

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THE ARTIST

Brangwyn, Frank

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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Frank Brangwyn
Cannon Street Station, circa 1910
Frank Brangwyn
Study of boy holding jars, for Skinners Hall, circa 1902
£7,500.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Aerial perspective of Kyoraku Art Museum, Tokyo, 1918
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Frank Brangwyn
The Market Place, Bruges, c 1916 (V-3609)
Frank Brangwyn
Book plate for Brangwyn’s Wife, Lucy
£975.00
Frank Brangwyn
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, original design for T N Foulis, circa 1910
£1,275.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Windmills
Frank Brangwyn
The Last Supper, St Joseph’s, Stokesley, 1946
£2,750.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Sketch of a Man Digging
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Frank Brangwyn
Oak Trees, Sussex
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Frank Brangwyn
Fishing Boats, Rye, 1887
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Frank Brangwyn
On the Road to Jacca, circa 1948
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Frank Brangwyn
On the Deck of a Boat
Frank Brangwyn
Water carrier, circa 1903
£5,500.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Smugglers
Frank Brangwyn
Parrot – Original Study for the Great Empire Panels
£1,250.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Steam Drills
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Frank Brangwyn
Old Kew Bridge
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Frank Brangwyn
The End of the Voyage, c. 1890
Frank Brangwyn
Making Sailors: Youthful Ambition c.1917
£1,400.00
Frank Brangwyn
Bricklayers, a study for Rebuilding Belgium, 1915
£14,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
Sketchbook, 1892
£2,250.00
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Frank Brangwyn
The Prize Fight (or The Boxers), circa 1919
Frank Brangwyn
War Bonds 2 (Back Him Up, Buy War Bonds) W1930, circa 1918
£3,800.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Steam Train (Nocturn), circa 1910
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Frank Brangwyn
Soldier Drinking Wine from a Bottle – Study for the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, 1921
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Frank Brangwyn
Mural study for St Aidan’s Leeds, a young girl with red hair, c. 1908-16
Frank Brangwyn
Study for the Empire Panels in red chalk, circa 1925
£2,750.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Harmony,, circa 1903, (M1139)
Frank Brangwyn
Drapery Study for a Station of the Cross, circa 1933
£1,320.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study for central panel of Nativity window, St Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury, Berkshire, early 1920’s
£9,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study of Man Carrying Rifle, Study for Jefferson City
£1,490.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study of a Monk, full length three-quarter view, Study for St Aidan
£3,140.00
Frank Brangwyn
Portrait of Jerome Esser?
£3,740.00
Frank Brangwyn
Man Singing, study for Christ’s Hospital, panel 7
£3,800.00
Frank Brangwyn
Studies for St Amand and St Eloi ‘ windows in the Abbey St Andr’, Bruges
£6,350.00
Frank Brangwyn
Figure study, Study for St Aidan
£1,600.00
Frank Brangwyn
A Trader, Study for Selfridges
£1,980.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study of Figure with Vessel, study for Venice Biennale 1905
£3,300.00
Frank Brangwyn
Studies of a Kneeling and Seated Man
£1,600.00
Frank Brangwyn
Courtier, study for Panel 2, Skinners
£1,650.00
Frank Brangwyn
Studies for Man Playing Guitar
£1,600.00
Frank Brangwyn
Allegory of War and Industry
£1,490.00
Frank Brangwyn
Boy with Globe, study for panel 5, Skinners
£2,420.00
Frank Brangwyn
Man Carrying Child on His Back
£2,040.00
Frank Brangwyn
Loot, working proof
£2,200.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Study for Harmony, Skinners, c.1908
Frank Brangwyn
Man Playing Flute, study for panel 3, Skinners
£1,600.00
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Frank Brangwyn
The 10th Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
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Frank Brangwyn
The 5th Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
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Frank Brangwyn
Girl with Bowl, after a design by Frank Brangwyn, (G2598),
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Frank Brangwyn
Signalling Happy New Year to a Sister ship, 1893
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Frank Brangwyn
The Three Kings, 1934
Frank Brangwyn
Jesus Falls Below the Cross, 1916
£13,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
Working Men, study for Lloyds Register of Shipping
£4,400.00
Frank Brangwyn
The Printed Word Makes the People of the World One, mural for the entrance hall of Odham Press, London, 1935-36
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Frank Brangwyn
Bridge at Alcantara, Spain
Forthcoming
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Mans Ultimate Destiny, c. 1932
Frank Brangwyn
The 2nd Station: Jesus Carries His Cross, c.1934
£6,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
The Begging Musicians, 1930
£6,800.00
Frank Brangwyn
The Mowers, 1912
£7,500.00
Frank Brangwyn
Ship Building, 1912
£5,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Man the Creator, circa 1932
£35,000.00
Frank Brangwyn
Susanna and the Elders, c 1908
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Man the Master 1930-1934
£48,000.00
Forthcoming
Frank Brangwyn
Ponte Rotto Rome, 1936
Frank Brangwyn
King of the Seas – Raleigh, 1924
£1,600.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study for the Empire Panels, circa 1925
Frank Brangwyn
Butchers Shop, 1904
£5,280.00
Frank Brangwyn
Stone Cutters, circa 1921
£14,520.00
Frank Brangwyn
Design for Thurstons for a Billiard Table, circa 1902
£7,920.00
Frank Brangwyn
Beer
£975.00

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