Friday, 25 May 2012

Day 8 - Wales

This book from MoDA's collection features the British Empire Panels by Anglo-Welsh artist, Frank Brangwyn (1867- 1956). These panels are in Swansea where the Olympic Torch will arrive tomorrow.

The British Empire Panels by Frank Brangwyn R.A, by Frank Rutter, Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis Ltd, 1933. Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, BADDA3374.

This richly decorated series of 17 panels celebrates and commemorates lives lost in the First World War. Using a pattern of rich foliage, Brangwyn incorporates the national floral and fauna of the allied nations.

At MoDA we have many books on plants and animals which offer a range of illustration styles. The British Empire Panels has examples of Brangwyn’s beautifully observed preliminary sketches and show how the panel designs changed and developed over time.

If, like the Olympic Torch, you find yourself in Swansea, why not go and have a look at them and let us know what you think?

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