Lookout - design for Zambrene Trench Coats
Framed (ref: 5909)
Signed in with initials in pencil
Unlettered lithographic proof,
15 x 9 1/2 in.
Lit: Commercial Art, Braun Robert, ‘Frank Brangwyn, RA – An Interview’, Vol 6, No 6, June 1926, p107
Ill: Commercial Art, Braun Robert, ‘Frank Brangwyn, RA – An Interview’, Vol 6, No 6, June 1926, p104; Rickards Maurice, The Rise and Fall of the Poster, Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1971, p78
Tags: Frank Brangwyn ink lithograph pencil WW-1 Paintings
Zambrene were British manufacturers of Officer’s trench coats. The firm prided themselves on the fact that “The proofing employed in all the garments is the famous Zambrene 'Triple – Triple' proofing . Sir Betrand Dawson, physician to the British Royal family, declared that ‘the two great disappointments of the war were not medicine, but the Church of England and the waterproof raincoats' . Brangwyn did at least 4 designs for Zambrene - this one shows the skipper of a sailing barge (to judge by the block and tackle) peering through binoculars at a similar craft and maybe trying to identify it., The design was used in a large advertising poster measuring 120 x 180 with the caption ‘ZAMBRENE RUBBERLESS RAINCOATS’.