Brangwyn, Frank

(1867 – 1956)

Study for central panel of Nativity window, St Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury, Berkshire, early 1920's

£9,750.00

SKU: 6434
Gouache on paper
19 5/8 x 18 in. (50 x 46 cm)

Size:
Height: 50cm
Width: 46cm

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DETAILS

Provenance:
Father Jerome Esser
Presentation:
framed

DESCRIPTION

Exhibited: Art, Faith & Modernity (2019), The Worshipful Company of Mercers, London

Literature: Frank Brangwyn, Drawings from the Collection of Father Jerome Esser, Liss Fine Art 2015, cat. 37, page 39-41; Art, Faith & Modernity, Liss Llewellyn, cat. 145, page 94.

One of Brangwyn’s most important stained-glass commissions, and probably his most successful, this design for a stained-glass window was commissioned by Lady Webley-Parry-Pryse in memory of her mother, Mrs Webley-Parry, who had died on 2 September 1917. Mrs Webley-Parry had given very generously of her time and money in parish affairs. The three-light window is situated in the north aisle of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury,  and shows a landscape nativity scene with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus in the centre, shepherds to the right and left. Behind the figures a wattle fence creates a horizontal divide over which the spectators gaze and beyond this a blue-grey landscape with sheep, cattle and Bethlehem in the distance. The stable roof appears at the top, the vertical stable supports dividing the outer lights.  The design was executed in glass by James Sylvester Sparrow.

In 1924 the art historian and critic, Herbert Furst, considered the nativity window perfect’, the design fitting easily into the window shape, the composition simple, the drawing full of dramatic power and characterization, and the beautiful colour  scheme helps the definition.’ He also appreciated the row of spectators gazing over the fence, which he described as an excellent and unusual effect, dramatically, tectonically and colouristically’. Furst continued that it was futile to attempt a description; the window, like a musical composition, must be realised by direct contact with the senses. It is undoubtedly one of the finest things Brangwyn has done‚Ķ’

In the early decades of the 1900s Brangwyn was one of the most revered artists in the world, his work being avidly commissioned or collected by many of the greatest public and private collections in Europe, the British Empire, Japan and the United States. He was indeed the first British artist to achieve world-wide recognition in his lifetime, and the Dictionary of National Biography was able to record that His work is represented in virtually every major art gallery and print room in the world.’ Brangwyn was an extremely versatile artist and designer. In addition to his canvasses, he was also in great demand as a painter of murals for very significant public buildings in many countries, including his famous series for the Rockefeller Center in New York. He was, in fact, a complete polymath, the quintessential artist craftsman. Apart from his paintings and murals, he designed stained glass, carpets, jewellery, metalwork, pottery, posters and furniture. He was elected Royal Academician in 1919 (although he had almost nothing to do with the Academy’s affairs) and was knighted in 1941. An important exhibition of his art was opened in 1924 by the Prime Minister, the first occasion this had ever happened for an art show. In 1952, Brangwyn was honoured with the first retrospective at the Royal Academy of a living artist’s work. He held the presidency of numerous artistic societies and his work was recognised by countless awards and honours bestowed by many nations as well as Britain.  Yet, until a major retrospective of his work in various locations in Britain and abroad in 2006, his work had long since ceased to be exhibited widely in Britain (although it was still abroad) and his name was largely unknown. Brangwyn had received no academic training and did not philosophise about art, nor was he a self-publicist. Somewhat a loner, working independently of other artists, he followed his own course and was not connected with any particular school or group. The generally dismissive response of most (but not all) gallery curators and art-schools in Britain to Brangwyn indicated either a lack of knowledge of the artist or an unwillingness to confront their self-manufactured difficulties perceived to arise from the inability neatly to allocate Brangwyn to one or another artistic school or to find some convenient category in which to slot his oeuvre. It is inconceivable that such a state of affairs could have arisen, or subsisted, had not the artistically-myopic House of Lords in 1930 rejected Brangwyn’s magnificent Empire Panels created for the Royal Gallery as a commemoration of the First World War, a decision that must remain one of the most controversial and unpopular in the history of British art. The enthusiastic research of art historian Dr Elizabeth Horner throughout the 1990s and beyond on the life and work of Brangwyn has contributed to a much greater appreciation of Brangwyn’s work across many media, and to renewed interest in his significant achievements as an artist. The result has been that Brangwyn’s work is now more widely exhibited in important venues and frequently appears in the major salerooms.

We are grateful to Dr David Wilson FSA for the above note.

We are grateful to Libby Horner for her assistance. This will appear as G2237 in her forthcoming Catalogue Raisonne of Brangwyn.

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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
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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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