Artist Frank Brangwyn: Venetian Canal, circa 1930

Artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956): Venetian Canal, circa 1930

 
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Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Venetian Canal, circa 1930
Framed (ref: 5252)

Signed with initials
Oil on board, 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (54 x 44.5 cm.)

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Provenance: A gift from Frank Brangwyn to Frank Alford, the artist's assistant, and by descent.
Literature: Frank Branwyn in his studio, The Diary of His Assistant, Frank Alford; Edited by Roger Alford and Libby Horner.

Brangwyn gave this oil to Frank Alford, his former studio assistant, in 1952, an event recorded in a letter from Brangwyn, dated 8th June:

Dear Alford,
I have been hoping to hear from you and how you are. I have tried to find a bit of my work to give you, but all has long since been given away.
I wish you had in the past asked me and you could have had anything you liked. Anyway I have found 1 or two small sketches; can you come along some Sunday between 12 and 1 o'clock and then if you think it worthwhile take the small oil of a Venetian canal; it is unframed and I cant get it one here but there is a good framer in Worthing - Aldridge is his name. All kind wishes to you all

Yours ever sincerely, Frank Brangwyn

Letter from Frank Brangwyn, The Jointure, Ditchling, to Alford, 8 June 1952.

Brangwyn is thought to have visited Venice for the first time in 1896. He designed the British Room for the Venice Biennale in 1905 and 1907 and always felt a strong association with the city and its celebrated tradition of painting. In 1922 he illustrated Edward Hutton’s book The Pageant of Venice. 

We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for assistance.  This oil will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raissone under the reference no 02516