The Boat Shed Sandwich 1886 by Sir Frank Brangwyn. Oil on canvas, signed with initials and dated 86. 27 ins x 20ins.
Sir Frank Brangwyn was a painter, water colourist, etcher, lithographer and even rarely a potter. Born in Bruges, the son of an architect. He 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 its 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. 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.
Brangywn moved on from marines to paint strong figurative and town scenes and travelled extensively around the world, incljuding North Africa and countries around the Black Sea. In 1890 he exhibited at the Chicago Exhibition and received the gold medal for The Convict Ship. His style changed to a more fluid and colourful depiction.
Brangwyn is known equally for etchings and lithographs as his oils and watercolours, he had a retrospective exhibition at Queen's Gate where one quarter of his total output was shown, in 1924. The exhibition was an enormous success. There, three museums devoted to Brangwyn, in Bruges, Orange and Walthamstow. There are also Museums around the world who hold his work.
He was elected R.E in 1904, A.R.A 1904 and R.A 1919. He was knighted in 1941. He died in June 1956 at his home Ditchling, Sussex.
This painting has been included in the Catalogue Raisonne of Brangwyn's , no 05304, which is being compiled by LIbby Horner.
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