Attrib. Frank Brangwyn, Abbey - Original early 20th-century watercolour painting

An original early 20th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. Frank Brangwyn Abbey.

There is a historic attribution to Frank Brangwyn on the verso. Provenance unknown. This watercolour has a striking ethereal quality. The style of architecture – the Baroque abbey with modest facade and adjacent cottages – suggests a scene in Northern Europe, possibly Belgium or northern France. The watercolour is applied in a loose and sweeping fashion, and the colour palette is subtle and subdued. The detailing on the abbey facade, cottages and figures is worked up in charcoal. This work has the feel of a sketch and is possibly unfinished.

Unsigned. On wove watercolour paper, watermarked "Fidelis MB...". Lavis Fidelis is watercolour paper from maker Arches, France.
There is scattered foxing towards the outer edges of the paper and small pin holes at the corners. The paper has historically been laid down on a backing paper, which served to repair a 2cm tear at the right edge and a fold tear across the very upper right corner. The paper is irregularly cut at the upper edge towards the left. There is also a 2cm repaired tear at the lower edge. There is There is a light just-visible vertical crease at the upper left of the image as well as minor creases at the far lower corners.
29.7cm x 42cm.

Sir Frank William Brangwyn RA RWS RBA (1867-1956) painted watercolours throughout his life. He made sketching trips to Italy, France, Belgium and Spain. The characteristic tonality of his watercolours was subdued in contrast to his oils. He often enlivened his watercolours with other media, such as gouache, tempera, chalk, pastel, graphite or pen and ink. He rarely exhibited his watercolours, suggesting they were mostly done informally for pleasure.Born in Bruges, Belgium, of Anglo-Welsh parents, Brangwyn and his family returned to London in 1874. He received training in the studio of William Morris but was largely self-taught. He became a prolific and versatile artist, receiving many commissions for murals (including across North America), tapestry, carpet designs, posters (during the First World War), and designs for stained glass, as well as producing many woodcuts and lithographs for book illustrations. He was knighted in 1941.


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