Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Original design for the woodcut The Fire, Tragedy of Dixmude, 1919
Framed (ref: 2581)
Black wash on paper
3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.5 × 6.4 cm)
Provenance: Ct.William de Belleroche; private collection since 1968.
Shaw Sparrow, Prints and Drawings by Frank Brangwyn, John Lane, London,
1919, illus. p. 97; Crossley Davies, Tragedy of Dixmude, Moorland
Press, Derbyshire, 1921, cover design; Dominique Marechal, Collectie
Frank Brangwyn, Bruges 1987, illus. p. 266 (inv. 0.2/92.III).
The Fire was used as the cover design for the Tragedy of Dixmude (1921), a catalogue of paintings and drawings of Dixmude, near Ostend, donated to the town in commemoration of the FirstWorldWar .The Dixmude trenches, otherwise known as theTrenches of Death, were held by the Belgians for more than four years during the Battles of theYser against German forces often ranged just a hundred yards away.
Brangwyn was the Chairman of the English Committee for Dixmude.
The Fire is V1482 in Libby Horner’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné.