(b Bruges, 13 May 1867; d Ditchling, Sussex, 11 June 1956). British painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and designer, the son of a Welsh architect who specialized in church furnishings and who was working in Belgium at the time of the boy's birth. In 1882–4 Brangwyn served an apprenticeship with William Morris, and like his master he was active in a variety of fields. He was an Official War Artist in the First World War, for example, he was one of the finest draughtsmen of the day and a skilful etcher and lithographer, and he made designs for a great range of objects (furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, and so on); however, he became best known for his murals. His most famous undertaking in this field was a series of large panels on the theme of the British empire, commissioned by the House of Lords.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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