Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Design for Thurstons for a Billiard Table, circa 1902
Framed (ref: 373)
Signed, Inscribed: ‘slightly formed[?] with ivory and ebony inlay/Trim to be painted or papered with plain grain paper/Fine plain iron with hand made Tiles/all metalwork iron fine worked’; ‘Billiard Room/for Thurstons’ and ‘Box for cues etc’
Pen, pencil and watercolour on paper
Exhibited: Liss/The Fine Art Society, 2006, Frank Brangwyn, no. 154
Literature: Horner, Brangwyn a Mission to Decorate Life, 2006, p. 150
In a flat D-section polished wood frame with acid free mount
This is a scale drawing for a proposed biliard room for Thurston & Co, similar to one illustrated in Herbert Furst's book, the Decorative Art of Brangwyn, London 1924, facing p.210.
The world famous Thurston Match Hall was in London's Leicester Square (nos. 45-46, from 1902-3), where all major competitions and exhibitions were held and many famous players competed until the premises were bombed in 1940, and finally demolished in 1956.
We are grateful to Jeremy Maas for assistance