Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.188.
A giant of twentieth century art, admired by luminaries such as Kandinsky, Klimt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Tiffany and Bonnard, Brangwyn remains today a figure who has never managed to reclaim the space which for the first half of the twentieth century he largely occupied on the International stage.
William de Belleroche, the son of Brangwyn’s contemporary and friend Count Albert de Belleroche wrote two books on Brangwyn and sought to promote the artists work during his lifetime. This portrait – produced when William de Belleroche was 24 and Brangwyn was 69 years old – was never editioned and is this copy, which belonged William de Belleroche all his life, is one of only a handful that are known. Willam de Belleroche’s extensive collection of works by Brangwyn was sold at Christies in a single owner sale in 1961.