Frank BRANGWYN (Bruges 1867 - Ditchling, Sussex 1956)
A Hilltop Castle at Sunset Sold
Watercolour over a pencil underdrawing; the sheet folded over at the bottom. A sketch of a tree in black chalk on the verso. Signed with initials FB at the lower right, and again on the overlap. Inscribed white(?) stalks on the overlap. Further inscribed laib coll on the overlap. Inscribed (by the artist) to follow cut on the verso. Further inscribed 3. William de Belleroch Collection on the verso.171 x 358 mm. (6 3/4 x 14 1/8 in.) [image]219 x 359 mm. (8 5/8 x 14 1/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
This vibrant watercolour sketch belonged to William de Belleroche (1913-1969), a friend of the artist for twenty-six years, who wrote a number of books about Brangwyn, including Brangwyn Talks, published in 1944, and Brangwyn’s Pilgrimage: The Life Story of an Artist, published in 1948. Belleroche owned a large number of works by Brangwyn, including more than eighty watercolours, and also promoted his work tirelessly. He organized several exhibitions of the artist’s work, notably the retrospective exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1952; the first to be devoted to a living artist. As Sir Gerald Kelly, the President of the Royal Academy, referred to him in a letter of that year, ‘Count de Belleroche, whose love of Brangwyn passes many men’s understanding.’
Count William de Belleroche, BrightonPossibly his sale (‘The Collection of Works by Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. formed by Count William de Belleroche (First Portion)’), London, Christie’s, 18 July 1961 Robert Kime and Piers von Westenholz, London.
Possibly Cyril G. E. Bunt, The Water-Colours of Sir Frank Brangwyn R.A., Leigh-on-Sea, 1958, p.31, no.51 (‘Barnard Castle, Yorkshire. 9 1/4 x 14 in. In the possession of Count William de Belleroche’).