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Frank Brangwyn:
Reading the Torah, circa 1930

Mounted (ref: 2897)
Signed with monogram
Sanguine on cream paper, 

12 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. (31.7 x 20.5 cm)

Tags: religion Brangwyn Drawings from the collection of Father Jerome Esser

Provenance: William de Belleroche, (no 187 A); Christies, 18 July 1961, part lot 29

Exhibitied: Mission to Decorate Life, The Fine Art Society, 2006, (cat 104).

Literature: Jerome and Jean Tharaud, L'Ombre de la Croix, Paris, 1931, this drawing was probably drawn as a study for L'Ombre de la Croix but not used in the final version. The text for L'Ombre de la Croix,  written by the brothers Jerome and Jean Tharaud, was published by Editions Lapina, Paris, 1931, in two volumes, and was illustrated with 73 Brangwyn etchings. The book describes the lives of Jews in contemporary Europe and many of Brangwyn's illustrations appear to depict the town of Belz in Poland, which was a centre of pilgrimage. Brangwyn is not known to have visited Poland and current research suggests that a large proportion of the etchings were based on photographs.;
Frank Brangwyn, Drawings from the Collection of Father Jerome Esser, Liss Fine Art 2015, cat. 26,  page 28

We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for her assistance. This will appear as D3636 in her forthcoming Catalogue Raisonne of Brangwyn

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