Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Study for Birmingham University War Memorial, c. 1921
Framed (ref: 5304)
Inscribed 'Birmingham War Memorial in red, illegible inscription above
Gouache on brown paper, 13 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (34.5 x 57 cm.)
Provenance: Waldron West until 1994; thence by descent.
In a French pitch pine flat section frame with ebony stringing
Brangwyn's assistant Frank Alford noted in his diary in July 1921 that Sir Aston Webb discussed with Brangwyn a mosaic memorial to ex-soldiers, consisting of three panels. The project never came to fruition and this is the only known study for it.
West, a portrait painter who was born, trained and worked in
Worcestershire, was profoundly influenced by Brangwyn . West befriended
Brangwyn in the late 1930's and as part of his friendship acquired,
over the next two decades, a number of works from his mentor.