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Original hand coloured proof by Frank Brangwyn, 1915, To Arms, Citizens of the Empire!

Stock Code: 93786-201811071019


Size of frame:  74.5 x 83 cm

This is a stand-alone proof version of one of Brangwyn’s most famous WW1 posters, a lithographic print with hand colour by the artist, which was subsequently reproduced for distribution.

Frank Brangwyn was commissioned at the start of World War One to design recruiting posters for the London Underground, and offered a design called Britain’s Call to Arms in 1914.  The design was so horrific that the War Office asked for it to be withdrawn, but by that time the poster had been so successful that it was retained.  Brangwyn subsequently produced this poster, using just over half of the original design from the earlier one.

Brangwyn was a versatile, mainly self-taught artist, who trained with William Morris.  He was not an official war artist but in 1918 he did at last receive a commission from the War Office to produce a poster for War Bonds. 

This work was exhibited in 2006 by the Fine Art Society in “Frank Brangwyn: a Mission to Decorate Life”. 

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