Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Men with hens - L'Ombre de la Croix, circa 1931
Unmounted (ref: 4912)
Etching, unique proof,
4.9 x 5.5 in. (12.5 x 14 cm.), 10 x 9 1/4 in. (25.5 x 23.5 cm. framed).
Provenance: from the collection of William de Belleroche.
Literature: Jerome and Jean Tharaud, L'Ombre de la Croix, Paris, 1931
The text for L'Ombre de la Croix, written by the brothers Jerome and Jean Tharaud, was published by Editions Lapina, Paris, 1931, in two volumes, and was illustrated with 73 Brangwyn etchings. The book describes the lives of Jews in contemporary Europe and many of Brangwyn's illustrations appear to depict the town of Belz in Poland, which was a centre of pilgrimage. Brangwyn is not known to have visited Poland and current research suggests that a large proportion of the etchings were based on photographs.
Brangwyn gave his friend and promoter Count Willy de Belleroche a loose leave pre production copy of L'Ombre de la Croix from which this etching came.
We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for her assistance.