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Frank Brangwyn in WWI: Art in Aid of Blind Soldiers and Sailors

This is an emotive display by artist Frank Brangwyn (1916-1917) that reflects on the impact of war and the life-changing injuries servicemen can sustain. The display is a series of five lithographic prints illustrating the experience of a soldier in WWI who went to war, was blinded on the battlefield, hospitalised and then supported to learn a new trade. As an artist Frank Brangwyn always championed the ordinary person in his art, in this case a foot soldier. He produced a large number of lithographs, posters, rolls of honour and war bond stamps. In all he depicts working class heroes with dignity and respect, emphasised in the way the soldier often physically dominates the image. Although these lithographs are over 100 years old they remain as relevant now as the day they were created

Braille translations, iPad audio and a 3D printed representation of a key artwork accompany the lithographs to allow the blind and visually impaired community to interact fully with the display.

Frank Brangwyn in World War I: Art in Aid of Blind Soldiers and Sailors is located in the Fragile Art gallery on the first floor of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and will be on display until 25 June 2019. The lithographs were presented to Glasgow Museums by Frank Brangwyn and his printer, Reginald G. Praill of the Avenue Press, in 1944.

Relevant research areas: Western Europe, 20th Century, Lithography

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