Brangwyn was associated with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Over his long career, he mastered a variety of mediums, including etching, wood engraving, book and poster illustration, murals, architecture, interior design, and ceramics. A close friend of the Pictorialist photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, Brangwyn took up the camera himself to record family and friends, document his work, and produce figure studies for his many public mural commissions. He made this photograph as a study for a complex set of murals inside the dome of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City that he executed between 1915 and 1925.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print recto, OA: [grid]; verso inaccessible due to hinging.
[...]; (Sotheby's London, May 7, 1998, lot 249); [Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 66," October 6, 2014–February 9, 2015.
Cava, Paul. Frank Brangwyn: Photographs, Nude and Figure Studies. Bala Cynwyd, Pa.: Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs, 2001. p. 27 (variant).
Brangwyn worked on the murals in the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City from 1915–25.