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Sir Frank Brangwyn RA RWS RBA (1867 - 1956)

An Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, watercolourist,engraver,illustrator, and designer of furniture and stained glass.

Born 1867 in Bruges, Belgium and died in 1956 Ditchling in UK.

Born to a Welsh mother and English father, he had no formal education although benefited from close mentor-ship by some of the most influential people of the day Arthur Heygate Macmurdo and Seigried Bing, as well as serving an apprenticeship with William Morris

Brangwyn was an independent artist, an experimenter and innovator, capable of working on both large and small scale projects, ranging from murals, oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs to designs for architecture, interiors, stained glass, furniture, carpets, ceramics and jewellery, as well as book illustrations, bookplates and commercial posters. It is estimated that he produced over 12,000 works during his lifetime.

Mural commissions included the Worshipful Company of Skinners, London (1902-09), St Aidan's church, Leeds (1908-16), Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Canada (1918-21), Christ's Hospital, Horsham (1912-23), State Capitol, Jefferson City, USA (1915-25), the British Empire panels, Swansea (1925-32), and Rockefeller Center, New York (1930-34).

Brangwyn married Lucy Ray in 1896 and took on the lease of Temple Lodge, Hammersmith, in 1900. In 1918 the artist purchased The Jointure, Ditchling, where he spent most of his time following his wife's death in 1924.

An official war artist in World War I. Elected RA in 1919, knighted in 1924, holder of countless artistic awards, Brangwyn was modest about his singular achievements, regarding art as an occupation and describing himself as a designer.

He has been described as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.