Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Old Kew Bridge
Framed (ref: 10582)
Watercolour and gouache
Signed, bottom right
21 3/4 x 30 in. (55.2 x 76.2 cm)
Provenance: Christie’s, 20th Century British Art, 2005; Private collection
Brangwyn produced an etching of Kew Bridge, two oils and a further two watercolours, all of which show the length of the bridge in perspective.This viewpoint is unusual, placing the bridge horizontally.
This may be the watercolour recorded in Bunt (319) which belonged to Sir Percy Thomas, the architect of the Guildhall at Swansea where Brangwyn's British Empire murals now hang. Old Kew Bridge was demolished shortly after 1900, the year of this watercolour, and replaced by a version opened by and named after Edvard VII in 1903.
Old Kew Bridge, London, Leeds Art Gallery, 1901
We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for assistance