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Old Bridge, Pavia

Item Code: FB-g322-s
Medium
Drypoint
Date of Work
1926
Edition Size
52
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
35
Width (cm)
56
Base price $2,239
Includes free framing and UK delivery
Signed original drypoint etching. 52 impressions were taken.

This medieval bridge was built in 1351 on the ruins of a the Roman predecessor. Completed in 1354, it was fully covered and rests on ten irregular arches. In September 1944 , during the Second World War, the bombing of Allied forces damaged the bridge. At the end of the war, a debate grew about the need to demolish the bridge or rebuild it. However in 1947 with the partial collapse of the bridge it was decided to demolish the rest of the bridge and re-build the Ponte Coperto, which can be seen today.

Remains of the bridge are visible when the Ticino level is low; the portal base on the left bank is also visible.
Frank Brangwyn portraitAnglo-Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn was actually born in Bruges (1867), but his family returned to London when he was eight years old. He took to sketching regularly in his early teens and, aged 18, Brangwyn exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time. During the 1890s he produced book illustrations, continuing to do this for the rest of his career.

In the 1900s Brangwyn began designing furniture, textiles, ceramics and other media. He was made an Official War artist in World War I, gaining repute through his posters, and was further recognised with an RA appointment (1919) and a knighthood (1941). Brangwyn was given a major retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy, the first time this honour had been accorded to a living artist.
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