Thursday, 13 August 2009

J.C. Robinson Etchings

Corfe Castle in the sunshine

Nine Barrow Down
J. C. Robinson
Published 1875
Image 108 x 257 mm; Pl. 114 x 262 mm

J.C. Robinson (1824-1913) was a painter of flowers and landscapes. After 17 years as Superintendant of the Art Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he became surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures. Towards the end of his life, he took up etching showing a poetic vision of Dorset and elsewhere. A contemporary and close friend of Sir Frances Seymour Haden, Robinson’s work is primarily concerned with the atmospheric effects of weather. Like Haden Robinson was a wealthy gentleman artist who did not depend on the sale of his work to provide income. Etchings by Robinson are rare. During his lifetime only a few of his prints were offered for sale, the majority of his work was distributed by the artist amongst his friends.

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