SIR FRANK BRANGWYN, R.A., R.W.S.
Unloading Cargo, Bruges
signed with monogram l.l.
oil on canvas
76 by 101cm., 30 by 40in.
This picture is unlined and in good condition. There are areas of localised craquelure and the upper stretcherbar has left a faint impression. The canvas undulates in the top left cornera nd would benefit from being tightened. The picture may also benefit from a light clean as the surface is dirty and there are areas of blooming.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
The varnish appears opaque but there are no signs of restoration.
The picture is contained in a moulded plaster frame (gilt and black-painted).
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The present painting depicts a scene unfolding on the Spieglerei Canal in Bruges, with the view looking south-west towards the Poortersloge (the Burgher’s Lodge) from near the Koningsbrug (King’s Bridge). Brangwyn was born in Bruges in 1867 and painted the city on several occasions. His oeuvre includes a similar view to this, entitled Place van Eyck, Bruges, which shows a closer view of the square immediately before the Burgher’s Lodge, Jan van Eyckplein. Historically, the square was an important trading centre and the lodge was a meeting place for merchants. By the time of Brangwyn’s painting, however, the building had become the national archive.