Modern British Art by Frank Brangwyn: General Relief Fund for Women & Children of Spain, c. 1936 |


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Frank Brangwyn:
General Relief Fund for Women & Children of Spain, c. 1936

Mounted (ref: 5880)

Lithograph proof
11 5/8 x 9 in. (29.5 x 22.8 cm)

Tags: print women

Provenance: given by Brangwyn to Count William de Belleroche, thence by descent.

Brangwyn produced over 40 posters between 1899 and 1936.  The posters tend to be stylised, emotive, bold in outline and frequently combine image and lettering.

Clients included London & North Eastern Railway, London Underground, Orient-Pacific Line, E Pollard & Co., Royal Institute of British Architects, Stephenson’s Floor Polish, The Studio magazine and Zambrene rubberless coats.  Brangwyn’s humanitarian interests were indicated in posters for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, Barts Hospital (donated without charge), French Benevolent Society, and General Relief Fund for Women and Children in Spain.Brangwyn was a fervent believer that art should be accessible to all, regardless of wealth or station, which probably explains his interest in autographic processes.  A mass produced printed work was obviously considerably more affordable for the general population than a one-off oil painting.  Although Brangwyn cut corners – he would rework an image in a variety of media and frequently recycled areas of etching plates to produce another print run – he appeared to give his printed work as much attention to detail and composition as his original pieces.

His interest in printing processes is reflected in the fact that he was made an Associate and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1903; was the first President of the Society of Graphic Art in 1921, a group which exhibited both drawings and prints at the Royal Institute galleries from 1921 to 1940; and was an active member of the Senefelder Club founded in 1909, succeeding Joseph Pennell as President.

We are grateful to Dr Horner for assistance.

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