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    Sale 7636

    Victorian & Traditionalist Pictures

    11 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. (1867-1956)

    Venice, the Busy Canal

    Price Realised  

    Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. (1867-1956)
    Venice, the Busy Canal
    signed with initials 'FB' (lower left)
    oil on board
    21¾ x 29¾ in. (55.2 x 75.5 cm.)


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    Executed circa 1920, the view in this work has been previously identified as the Giudecca. However, as with many of Brangwyn's later Venetian works, the view is generic; the domed church is an unknown building, although the campanile may be that of San Samuele.

    Adrian Bury, in reference to this painting, noted that Brangwyn 'remains a master of many moods and methods, and his oeuvre is monumental, his personality being writ large in everything he touched'.
    The present work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Dr. Elizabeth Horner. We are grateful for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Provenance

    Lord Cable,1927.
    Sir Edward Bethnall,1961.
    The Hon. Lady Bethnall,1962.
    with The Fine Art Society, London,1963.
    Acquired from the above by Mrs. Ashe in 1964.


    Literature

    Barbizon House Record, 1924, pl.14.
    The Queen, Christmas, no. 24 (illustrated with the title Carnival in Venice).
    Adrian Bury, 'In the Galleries', Connoisseur, July 1963, p. 198.
    Vincent Galloway, The Oils and Murals of Frank Brangwyn R.A., Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, 1962, no. 743.


    Exhibited

    London, Barbizon House, 1924.
    London, The Fine Art Society,1963.