Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Frank Brangwyn - part 1

Sir Frank Brangwyn c1900

Sir Frank William Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, water colourist, engraver, illustrator and progressive designer.
Brangwyn was an artistic jack-of-all-trades. As well as paintings and drawings, he produced designs for stained glass, furniture, ceramics, table glassware, buildings and interiors, was a lithographer and woodcutter and was a book illustrator. It has been estimated that during his lifetime Brangwyn produced over 12,000 works. His mural commissions would cover over 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) of canvas, he painted over 1,000 oils, over 660 mixed media works (watercolours, gouache), over 500 etchings, about 400 wood engravings and woodcuts, 280 lithographs, 40 architectural and interior designs, 230 designs for items of furniture and 20 stained glass panels and windows.
Brangwyn received some artistic training, probably from his father, and later from Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and in the workshops of William Morris, but he was largely an autodidact without a formal artistic education. When, at the age of seventeen, one of his paintings was accepted at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, he was strengthened in his conviction to become an artist. Initially he painted traditional subjects about the sea and life on the seas. His 1890 canvas, Funeral At Sea won a medal of the third class at the 1891 Paris Salon. The murals for which Brangwyn was famous, and during his lifetime he was very famous indeed, were brightly coloured and crowded with details of plants and animals, although they became flatter and less flamboyant later in his life.

This is part 1 of a 13-part series on the works of Sir Frank William Brangwyn:

1880s Carnarvon Castle
oil on canvas 64 x 77 cm
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, Wales, UK

c1883 Digging
oil on canvas 19.2 x 24.5 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1886 A Ship Beached at Low Tide
oil on canvas 50.7 x 34.5 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1886 Shipping on the Thames
oil on canvas 47.5 x 58 cm
National Museum Wales, Cardiff, UK

1887 Mending the Nets
oil on canvas 60.7 x 91 cm
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

1887 The Lower Reaches of the Thames
oil on canvas 49.5 x 75 cm
Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK

1887 The Rescue
oil on canvas 102 x 127 cm
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, UK

1887c Harbour Scene
oil on canvas 44 x 56.5 cm
Jerwood Collection, London

1888 Constructing South Pier, Mevagissey
oil on canvas 51 x 76 cm
Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK

1888 Shipping off Fowey
oil on canvas 57.2 x 76.2

1889 All Hands Shorten Sail
oil on canvas 183 x 152.5 cm
Touchstones Rochdale Museum & Art Gallery, UK

1889 Stormy Weather at Sea
oil on canvas
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

1890 A Balkan Fisherman
oil on canvas 30 x 20.5 cm
Hampshire Cultural Trust Headquarters, Winchester, UK

1890 Home
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 25 x 33 cm
1890 Off Ostend
oil on canvas 31.5 x 42.9 cm
National Museum Wales, Cardiff

1890 The Burial at Sea
oil on canvas 154.9 x 233.7 cm
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Scotland, UK

1890-1910c Landscape, Night
oil on canvas 71 x 90 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

c1890 In a Turkish Garden
oil on wood panel 73.8 x 63.5 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1890c Turkish Bazaar
etching and drypoint 16.4 x 14.3 cm (plate)

c1890s-1900s On the Quay, Constantinople - An Eastern Izaak Walton
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 40 x 27 cm

1891 Aground - The Crew Take to the Rigging
 engraving in The Graphic illustrated newspaper 30.4 x 22.2 cm

1891 Bound to the West'ard
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 27.9 x 39.4 cm 

1891 Fishermen at Funchal, Maderia
oil on canvas 72.3 x 102.3 cm
Museums Sheffield, UK

1891 Funchal, Madeira
oil on panel 92 x 81 cm
Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK

1891 On the North Sea - Changing the Watch in a Gale
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 30.5 x 21.6 cm

1891 Sunlight and Shadows
oil on board 41.2 x 30.4 cm
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, UK

1891 The Siesta
oil on canvas 50.2 x 75.4 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

c1891 Pilots, Port of Pasajes, Spain
oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1892 Gulur, 1892
oil on canvas 52.1 x 59.7 cm
Moma, Machynlleth, Wales, UK

1892 Market on the Beach
oil on canvas 102 x 127 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

1892 The Convict Ship
oil on canvas 200 x 227.5 cm

1892 The Perils of the Deep: "Run Down"
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper
 

1893 A Gale at Sea: "Pooped" from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 30.5 x 21.6 cm

1893 A Goatherd, Gulur
oil on cardboard 76.2 x 62.3 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1893 A Man Overboard: Lowering the Lifeboat
 from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 30.5 x 21.6 cm

1893 Goatherds Playing Dice
oil on canvas 146.1 x 234.3 cm
Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection, UK

1893 Orange Market, Jaffa
oil on canvas 150 x 183 cm

1893 Phantom Ship Sails
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 27.9 x 39.4 cm

1893 Shade
oil on canvas 61.7 x 75 cm
Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northamptonshire, UK

1893 Ship on Fire! Women and Children First
 engraving in The Graphic illustrated newspaper 30.4 x 22.8 cm

1893 Signalling Happy New Year to a Sister Ship, 1893
oil grisaille on board 29.5 x 21.5 cm

1893 Whale Fishing
from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 40 x 28 cm

1893-94c Fisherman Under a Canopy, North Africa
oil on canvas 43 x 55 cm

c1893-94 On the Quayside
oil on board 45 x 60 cm

1894 The Last Toss
 from The Graphic illustrated newspaper 38.1 x 26.7 cm

1894 Heavy Weather in the Channel: Stowing the Mainsail
oil on strawboard 75.5 x 55.5 cm
National Maritime Museum, London

1894 Hope of Rescue
oil on canvas

1895 A Blustery Day at Sea
oil on board 57.2 x 38.1 cm

1895 A Mediterranean Port
oil on canvas 31 x 51.5 cm

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha
published by  Gibbings and Co., London

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"Don Quixote"

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"Happy time, and fortunate ages were those."

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"Placing himself in the midst of the way"

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"The taking a little meat would be very behooveful to me."

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"There came some twelve men in a company."

1895 Don Quixote of The Mancha published by  Gibbings and Co., London
"I heard a crier go about"
oil on artist's board en grisaille 56 x 41 cm

1895 Music
oil on canvas 188.5 x 143.5 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1895 The Olive Press
oil on canvas 62 x 74.5 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1895 The Piping Boy
oil on canvas 61.5 x 75.5 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1895 The Shrine at the Well
oil on canvas 62 x 74.5 cm
Wiiliam Morris Gallery, London

1896 A Beggar, Assisi
oil on canvas 42 x 31 cm
William Morris Gallery, London

1896 Arab Musicians
oil on canvas 144.8 x 157.5 cm
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, UK

1896 Limehouse Reach (London)
oil on board 51 x 76 cm

1896 Tales of our Coast published by Chatto and Windus
"Black Taggart was in with his lugger."
12 illustrations and cover by Brangwyn

1896 Tales of our Coast published by Chatto and Windus
"Your ship will come in"
12 illustrations and cover by Brangwyn

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