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by artist, upper right in black chalk: FB; by artist, across bottom in graphite: to do one thing [and] to do it / well. for my part i have / done many things [and] done / them ill. [?] / FB at 45; by later hand on mount, along bottom in graphite: From Sir Frank Brangwyn RA to [Mr?] F. Lewis (publisher) / From F. Lewis [to?] Kerrison Preston 1950 / [Not deciphered].


Acquired from the artist by F. Lewis (according to note on mount); given by Lewis to Kerrison Preston, 1950 (his sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 1 May 1974, lot 62); (Brian Sewell, London); Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, 2008; gift to NGA, 2009.

Associated Names

McCrindle, Joseph F.

Exhibition History

Works by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1952, no. 315.


"Portrait of the Artist No. 98: Sir Frank Brangwyn." Art News and Review. London, 1952: 1, repro.
Grasselli, Margaret M., and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., eds. The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2012: 167 (color).

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