Frank Bramley, R.A. 1857 - 1915
The Beaver Hat
Photo: R.A./John Hammond
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The Beaver Hat, 1911
Oil on canvas, 542 X 408 X 22 mm
Bequeathed by Mrs Bramley, 1937
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Frank Bramley joined the artists’ colony at Newlyn in 1884 where he painted subjects based on the local Cornish fishing community, often using a limited tonal range. Bramley left Newlyn in 1894 and retired
to Grasmere in 1900, after which his style became much looser in technique.
This self-portrait is an example of his later, more impressionistic manner, which results in a work of some bravura. Painted for his wife, it seems to capture the warm-hearted nature of the man, which an obituary in the Times recalled as ‘modest, quiet, sweet and gentle.’ Sadly Bramley succumbed to a long, debilitating illness shortly after painting this picture and died in 1915 at the age of 58.

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