Frank Brangwyn was born in Bruges, Belgium and was a self taught artist, save for some instruction from his architect father. He is best known for his murals and large easel paintings on heroic and biblical themes. His first prints were wood engravings and he later trained as a commercial wood engraver. Around 1900 Brangwyn began etching, producing over three hundred works by 1926. His larger etchings attracted some criticism for their deeply bitten and liberally inked plates. His smaller works were considered more successful, particularly those set figures against an architectural background. He was knighted in 1941.

Further reading:
William Gaunt, The Etchings of Frank Brangwyn RA: A Catalogue Rainsonné, The Studio Ltd 1926
Kenneth Guichard, British Etchers 1850-1940, Robin Garton, London 1977