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Jesus Falls for the Third Time - 9th Station, 1934-35, the original design
Framed (ref: 1147)
Signed with monogram
Pencil on tracing paper 29 x 32 1/2 in. (sight size), (73.7 x 82.6 cm.)
Tags: Frank Brangwyn big pictures illustration religion
Provenance: Kenneth Center; Michael Campbell; Private Collection, London
Exhibited: Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, The Fine Art Soceity, London.In a flat section gilded oak frame with blue wash mount.
In 1934 Brangwyn completed a set of Stations of the Cross, drawn on tracing paper and transferred to zinc plates prior to printing. It is rare to find both the original design and the zinc plate. The tracing paper design was probably transferred to the zinc by rubbing the back of the drawing with red conte' and tracing the outline of the image. Brangwyn would have then added detail, shading and the folds of the costumes, using lithographic crayon.
16 sets of the Stations were printed on paper and a further 3 sets on sycamore, (an experiment intended to produce a lithograph which would be more durable in a dampl church interior). The images were additionally published in a reduced format by Hodder and Stoughton, as a book entitled "The Way of the Cross, (1935), an Iterpretation by Frank Brangwyn, with a commentary by G.K.Chesterton. " In this Chesterton enthused that Brangwyn was surely "one of the most masculine of modern men of genius", (p.11)
We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for her assistance. 9th Station (on tracing paper) is number S1904 in her forthcoming catalogue raisonnï¿½.