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The Freedom of the Seas

BRANGWYN, Sir Frank William (1867 - 1956)

The Freedom of the Seas - Frank Brangwyn
The Freedom of the Seas - Frank Brangwyn

Date: 1917

Media: lithograph on paper

Acquired: 1919; Presented by Ministry of Information

Accession Number: NMW A 13153

Collection: The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals

A group of sailors, adrift on the sea, heroically beat off the deadly attack of a sea monster, symbolising the battle against the enemy.  

Brangwyn was born in Bruges, but moved with his family back to Britain at a young age.  He received little formal art education, yet during his successful career he turned his hand to oil painting, watercolour painting, printing, architecture and design. 

Brangwyn was not an official war artists, yet he produced over 80 posters and designs for War Bond Stamps.  He was a member of the Senefelder Club, which promoted lithographs.  He would print his own images, drawing directly on a lithogrpahic stone rather than using transfer paper. 

This work forms part of the portfolio The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals, a series of 66 lithographic prints commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1917. The series provide a broad and fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front.

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