The Tower Bridge

Cartoon for panel no. 4 of the Rockefeller Center by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA RWS PRBA HRSA, 1867-1956. c. 1932. Pencil on buff coloured tracing paper, squared, with highlights in white chalk, 152.4 x 213.4 cm (60 x 84 in.). Provenance: The Fine Art Society; Donald Sinden until 2006; private collection. Source: British Murals & Decorative Painting, 1910-1970, No. 27. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

“This cartoon shows Brangwyn's original proposal where Christ is seen seated on a hill facing the viewer, before the Rockefeller fraternity disallowed any religious content. The area to the left of the lettering was also eliminated in the final work.” (51). Note: this image is missing about 15% of the photograph in the catalogue.

Courtesy Liss Fine Art and the Fine Art Society. Readers may wish to look at the Liss and FAS websites.


Liss, Paul. British Murals & Decorative Painting, 1910-1970. Exhibition catalogue. London: Liss Fine Art and the Fine Art Society, 2013.

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