oil on canvas, signed with initials and dated 86. 27 ins x 20ins.
Sir Frank Brangwyn was a painter, watercolourist, etcher, lithographer and even rarely a potter. Born in Bruges, the son of an architect. Worked initially for William Morris , making copies of the Flemish tapestries. Brangwyn travelled extensively in his early years, briefly settled in Sandwich , where he painted the harbour and it's folk. in 1885 he showed his first painting at the RA. This oil was painted in 1886 and could be of Sandwich . Brangwyn did however visit at this time, Rye, Poole, Fowey and Newlyn, so the location could be any of these.
Brangywn moved on from marines to paint strong figurative and town scenes and travelled extensively around the world. His style changed to a more fluid and colourful depiction. This early work is in a square brush technique, favoured by the Pont Aven and Newlyn schools. Which no doubt Brangwyn would have seen on his travels. Known equally for etchings and lithographs as his oils and watercolours, Brangwyn had an retrospective exhibition at Queen's Gate where one quarter of his total output was shown,in 1924. The exhibition was an enormous success. He was knighted in 1941. There three museums devoted to Brangwyn, in Bruges, Orange and Walthamstow. There are also Museums around the world who hold his work.
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