Market scene, Jaffa signed, inscribed and dated 'Frank Brangwyn. Jaffa 1890' (lower left) oil on panel 50.5 x 61cm (19 7/8 x 24in).
PROVENANCE: with H & P De Casseres, Harrogate Purchased in August 1941 for £65 Thence by descent
LITERATURE: Dr. Libby Horner, Frank Brangwyn Catalogue Raisonne, O3353
The present lot is typical of Brangwyn's work of this period with a brave expanse of plain sandy ground foreground and the lively bustle of a covered market set against sun bleached city walls, the minaret or perhaps bell tower of St Peter's poking into a clear blue sky. The figures have Brangwyn's ease about them and the dots of brilliant red are part of the artist's signature.
1890 was an exceptionally busy year for Brangwyn, he produced a large number of oil paintings, especially in Ibrail and round the Bosphorous; whether he actually visited Jaffa is unknown - if not he may have been working from a photograph.
We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.