Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Study for Venice Biennale Murals 1905
Unmounted (ref: 5307)
Sanguine on tracing paper,
14 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. (38 x 49 cm)
Provenance: Waldron West until 1994; thence by descent.
Brangwyn was asked by Antonio Fradeletto, the General Secretary of the 1905 Biennale Commission, to design the interior for the British Room. He painted 4 murals for the British Room: Navvies at Work, Rolling Mill, Blacksmith and Potters.
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.
We are grateful to Dr. Horner for assistance. This drawing will appear as reference A1337 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonne.