Sir Frank William Brangwyn

Sir Frank William Brangwyn RA, RWS, PRBA, RE, HRSA (English) 1867 – 1956
Windmills, Bruges, 1906,
Etching printed in black ink on japan paper, pencil signed lower right margin, 18.75″ x 20.75″ plate, 31.5″ x 32.25″ frame

Windmill and Cart, etching, pencil signed.
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Windmill and Cart, etching, pencil signed., framed.
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Estimated: $1800. Offers invited.

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Very good condition. Art Deco frame.

Frank Brangwyn was a painter of genre, architectural subjects, industrial scenes, marines and figures, in oil and watercolor. Also masterful etcher and lithographer. Born on 13th May 1867 in Bruges, Belgium, the son of a Welsh architect. Received his early art training from his father but no formal study. Then worked for three years in the Oxford Street workshops of William Morris 1882-84 when he was engaged in making facsimiles of Flemish tapestries.

After leaving Morris, Brangwyn’s love of the sea led to further visits abroad. He stayed for a time in Sandwich, Kent, where he had to sell his marine drawings for small sums in order to live. He began exhibiting at the R.A. in 1885 and at this time visited North Africa and the countries around the Black Sea. Subsequent travels included trips to Russia, Spain, Italy, France, South Africa, Malaya and Japan. From 1890 onwards he achieved quick success, receiving the gold medal at the Chicago Exhibition for the Convict Ship. He developed an international reputation both as a painter and etcher, and was honoured by many foreign academies. In 1924 an enormously successful retrospective exhibition of his work was opened at Queen’s Gate, London by the Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald. Frank Brangwyn was elected R.E. in 1904, A.R.A. in 1904, R.A. 1919, and was Knighted in 1941. He died on 11th June 1956 at his home in Ditchling, Sussex.

This etching is with the Detroit Institute of Arts and National Gallery of Art, among numerous other collections. Issued as part of a six print limited edition series.

Another windmill etching by the artist, possibly from the same series:

Windmill, Dixmuden, 1908
Etching on zinc plate with roulette, open bite, and plate tone on wove paper
Plate: 55.6 x 76.2 cm (21 7/8 x 30 inches)
Gift in the name of Walter Callender by his son, Walter R. Callender 29.113. Collection of

Rhode Island School of Design


The Mills of Crijitano, color woodcut (bookplate for Windmills by Frank Brangwyn RA and Haytor Preston), London, 1923, 5″ x 6″ plus margins 

The Mills of Crijitano, color woodcut (bookplate).
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Estimate: $65. Offers invited.

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Very good condition. In portfolio since 1998.


Portrait of the artist

Also by this artist:

The Blacksmiths c.1904/1905 – Oil
Leeds Museums and Galleries
A Venetian Scene – Oil on canvas
Image credit: Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
The Market Stall, 1919 – Oil on canvas
Image Credit – Royal Academy of Arts
Making Sailors: Boatdrill c.1917 – Etching
Image Credit – Tate London

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