Modern British Art by Frank Brangwyn: Natives Carrying Baskets (Study for SS Empress of Britain), circa 1930-31 | www.LLFA.uk

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Frank Brangwyn:
Natives Carrying Baskets (Study for SS Empress of Britain), circa 1930-31

Framed (ref: 5295)

Mixed media on gold speckled paper laid on board , 18 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (46 x 28.5 cm.)

Tags: Orientalism



In a period oak shadow box frame with shallow hollow centre moulding and  silver sight edge.

Brangwyn designed the complete interior for the First Class Dining Room, the Salle Jacques Cartier,  of the Canadian Pacific Line Vessel The Empress of Britain.  This included murals, reminiscent of Brangwyn's  Empire Panels for the House of Lords, with the decorative scheme heightened by applying the paint onto panels prepared with a metal ground. In this study - the only one of its kind recorded - Brangwyn experimented with a dappled effect applied over  burnished gold leaf.

The Empress of Britain  was torpedoed in October 1940 - the largest liner lost during the Second World War.

We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for assistance.  The study will appear as no. A1822 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonne.

 


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