Study for The British Empire Panels, 1925, by Frank Brangwyn. Silver gelatin print, ink grid on recto and sketch on verso, Frank Brangwyn was born in 1867 in Belgium, returned to London in 1875, was employed briefly in William Morris’s workshop around 1882-84 and first exhibitied at the Royal Academy in 1885. He later went on to enjoy international success as a printmaker, illustrator, furniture designer and world renowned muralist. Via Paul Cava.
Alphonse Mucha, world renowned for his Art Nouveau graphics, used photographs of models for much of his reference material. But sometimes the photographs themselves were beautiful and had that Mucha look about them—such as this inspirational 1919 image he used as a study for a bank note design.