Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
L'Ombre de la Croix - Book 1, page 15, 1931
Passe-partout (ref: 3337)
Signed and dedicated to William Belleroche
Black ink over etching, unique, 3 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (9.7 x 9.5 cm.)
Provenance: William de Belleroche
Literature: Jerome & Jean Tharaud, L'Ombre de la Croix, Paris 1931 p15 Book 1
The text for L'Ombre de la Croix, written by the brothers Jerome and Jean Tharaud, was published by Editions Lapina, Paris, 1931, in two volumes, and was illustrated with 73 Brangwyn etchings. The book describes the lives of Jews in contemporary Europe and many of Brangwyn's illustrations appear to depict the town of Belz in Poland, which was a centre of pilgrimage. Brangwyn is not known to have visited Poland and current research suggests that a large proportion of the etchings were based on photographs.
We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for her assistance.