Sir Frank Brangwyn was best known for his huge mural decorations. He became an RA in 1919, and was knighted in 1939.
With his large etchings he was unusual in the fact that he used zinc, rather than copper plates.
In 1891, he was approached by the Bond Street gallery owner Larkin to travel to a country of his choice and produce a body of work which would be exhibited on his return. Brangwyn choose South Africa. Travelling with the artist, writer, and poet William Hunt, he set sail for Cape Town in the late summer of 1891 with half of the £500 promised by Larkin, the intuition being that hey travel and see as much of the country as they could until their money ran out.
After staying in Cape Town they ventured inland, mostly by horse-drawn Cape cart. They travelled as far as the diamond fields of Kimberley. Arriving in Simonstown after almost five months travelling they found they had spent their allowance and cabled Larkin for additional funds. He however had expected rather more for his money and instructed them that they should stay out for closer to a year. The two artists decided that this was impossible and after an eventful return journey, went into a form of hiding in London. Larkin discovered their whereabouts and descended, angry at their deceit. However on seeing their work he calmed down and the exhibition opened in the Japanese Gallery on Bond Street in March 1892 to wide publicity and favourable reviews.
He married Lucy Ray in 1896. They lived at Temple Lodge, Hammersmith and then at The Jointure, Ditchling. His wife died in 1924.
He illustrated the 1908 edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's The Last Fight of the Revenge.
Bruges and Orange in the South of France have museums devoted to his work.
His projected decorations for the House of Lords ended up in the Guild Hall, Swansea. Examples of his decorations can be found in the City of London (Skinners' Hall, Royal Exchange, Lloyd's Register); the Court House, Cleveland Ohio; Missouri State Capitol, and the Rockefeller Center in New York.