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Belgian ambassador to open Brangwyn show at William Morris Gallery

The Belgian ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr Guy Trouveroy, will be guest of honour at the launch of a new exhibition at Waltham Forest Council’s William Morris Gallery on Friday 23 May.

Mr Trouveroy will formally open Help is better than sympathy, which traces the little-known story of First World War Belgian refugees through the work of Bruges-born painter and illustrator Frank Brangwyn.

Brangwyn became a prolific poster-maker during the war and his designs became synonymous with First World War propaganda. The exhibition presents some of his best known designs, including ‘The Retreat from Antwerp’ and ‘Put Strength in the final blow’.

Guy Trouveroy took up his post at the Embassy of Belgium in the UK in January this year, after four years as ambassador to the Russian Federation in Moscow. He has been active in the Belgian diplomatic service since 1977.

Mr Trouveroy said:

“It is a great pleasure to be invited to launch this important exhibition. The story of the Belgian refugees illustrates the depth of friendship between our two countries, while Brangwyn’s work exemplifies our strong artistic ties.”

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