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Sir Frank Brangwyn RA
Dates: British, 1867 - 1956
Biographical Account:

Frank Brangwyn was a multi talented man, not only did he design posters and paint murals, he was a natural draughtsman, oil-painter, water-colourist, etcher, architect, and designer of interior schemes, furniture, stained glass, mosaic, carpets, pottery and jewellery.

 

He was born on 13 May 1867 in Bruges, Belgium. By 1881 he had moved with his family to Hammersmith in London.

 

He received his artistic training from his father and later in the workshops of William Morris. At the age of seventeen, one of his paintings was accepted at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, this made his passion to become an artist even stronger.

 

Brangwyn played an important role in the First World War, although never an Official War Artist, he designed over 80 propaganda posters and commemorative stamps. However, some of his designs provoked controversial reactions due to his shocking imagery of the realities of war.

 

For over 50 years Brangwyn painted murals and received over 20 painting commissions across the world.

 

He died on11 June 1956, aged 89 in Ditchling, Sussex.
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