Tongres [Tongeren], Belgium (The Old Town Gate)
About the work
Place: British Embassy, UK representation to the EU & UK delegation to NATO
About the artist
James Alphege Brewer was born into an artistic family, the son of the artist Henry W. Brewer – a prominent convert to the Catholic Church; and the grandson of John Sherren Brewer, Jr., the editor of the Calendar of Letters of Henry VIII. He attended St. Charles Catholic College in Kensington before studying at the Westminster School of Art. Commercially-minded, Brewer’s production focused on cathedral exteriors and interiors including those of Milan, Rouen, Amiens, Toledo, Antwerp; as well as multiple views of various colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, and other scenes of interest to tourists and readers of literature. Brewer’s most prolific year was 1915, when Alfred Bell & Co. published 13 of his etchings, 11 of them scenes of places that had been destroyed or were in danger from the events of the war. These views could have been sketched or photographed before the war using guidance from newspaper articles speculating about the course of a German invasion of Belgium.
- Tongres [Tongeren], Belgium (The Old Town Gate)
- Colour etching
- origin uncertain
- below image: Tongres Begium (the Old Town Gate) / J Alphege Brewer.
- GAC number