Jesus Dies on the Cross (12th Station), 1934
Framed (ref: 2359)
Original zinc lithographic plate, 30 x 32 in. (76.2 x 81.3 cm.)
Tags: Frank Brangwyn plate
Provenance: Hilary Gerrish; The Fine Art Society; Private collection since 2006
Exhibited: The Fine Art Society, March - April 2006, cat. no 151.
Literature: Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, exh. cat.,The Fine Art Society, London, 2006 (no. 150); The Way of the Cross: An Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn, London 1935; The Way of the Cross. An Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn RA with a Commentary by Libby Horner, Auad Publishing, San Francisco, 2008; Cat. 16, Frank Brangwyn, Stations of the Cross, Liss Fine Art 2015, page 30.
In 1934 Brangwyn completed a set of Stations of the Cross, the original designs drawn in outline on tracing paper and transferred to zinc plates from which the lithographs were printed. The tracing-paper design was transferred to the plate by rubbing the back of the paper with chalk and then retracing the outline of the image. Following this, Brangwyn would have added the detail to the plate, including shading and the folds of the costumes, using lithographic crayon. Sixteen sets of the Stations were printed on paper and a further three sets on sycamore (an experiment intended to produce a lithograph that would be more durable in a damp church interior). The images were additionally
published in a reduced format by Hodder and Stoughton as a book entitled
The Way of the Cross: An Interpretation by Frank Brangwyn (London 1935), with a commentary by G.K. Chesterton, who 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. The twleth Station will appear in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné.