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Title:

Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Designs for Interiors, Architecture and the
Decorative Arts

Name and address of responsible university/ faculty/ institution:

Royal Holloway College, University of London

Name and address of reseacher(s):

Elizabeth Horner
Kennett House, Kennett Lane, Stanford, Kent TN25 6DG
libby@hornerg.freeserve.co.uk

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr Mary Cowling

End date:

September 2002

Framework of the research :

PhD (Doctorate)

Key words:

Brangwyn
Interiors
Architecture
Decorative Arts

Abstract:
Sir Frank Brangwyn was not only the first British artist to gain an International reputation, the only one
whose murals were installed on both sides of the Atlantic but was also the first artist to be honoured with
a retrospective at the Royal Academy during his lifetime.

His earliest mentors were three of the most influential and innovative men in design at the turn of the
century: A H Mackmurdo, William Morris and Siegfried Bing, whose signiaficance in giving the young
artist the confidence to switch happily between pure and applied art cannot be overestimated. What is
especially noteworthy about Brangwyn’s applied art work is that he successfully designed for three
distincy eras: the Victorian, Edwardian and what was termed, in the 1930s, the ‘modern’.

The thesis presents the first in-depth survey of Brangwyn’s designs for interiors, architecture and
decorative arts. These formed an important part of the artist’s work over a period of fifty years, and
illustrate not only the scale of his involvement but also the diversity of his skills. Brangwyn’s working
methods demand some analysis. His extensive use of assistants, reliance on photography and
transferal of images between disciplines, are integral to an understanding of the artist’s achievements.
Reference is also made to his work in fine and autographic arts.

Brangwyn’s world-wide reputation is evidenced in the commissions which came from both private and
public sectors, ranging from interiors for wealthy businessmen in England and Italy, to dining room
suites on a transatlantic liner, and a project to build an art gallery in Japan. He also designed rooms for
the Venice Biennale in 1905 and 1907 and the Ghent Exhibition in 1913, and collaborated with a
number of leading British manufacturers to produce a range of household goods in 1930.

Even before his death Brangwyn’s reputation had declined, and since then his achievement has been
almost completely disregarded. This thesis aims to reappraise his significance, and reinstate him as
one of the most talented artist-designers of his generation.




Table of contents:

Volume 1

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Illustrated Catalogue Entries
Preface

Chapter 1
Introduction:
Mentors and Early Commissions

Chapter 2
Brangwyn Evolves a Style:
Commissions for Interiors and Exhibition Rooms

Chapter 3
Brangwyn in Maturity:
The Ghent Exhibition and an Architectural Commission

Chapter 4
Commercial Ventures:
Designs for Industry and a Transatlantic Liner

Chapter 5
Personal Taste:
Brangwyn’s Designs for Temple Lodge and The Jointure

Bibliography

Volume 2

Abbreviations and Illustrated Catalogue Entries
Illustrated catalogue Entries
Publications Derived from Work in the Thesis

				
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