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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Robinson, Frederick Cayley
Frederick Cayley Robinson (ARA, RWS, RBA, ROI, Brentford-upon-Thames 1862 - 1927)
was an British Symbolist painter and book illustrator, working in the tradition of William Blake
and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He is also refered to in the literature as
"F. Cayley Robinson" and "Frederick C. Robinson".
In the 1880s he trained at St. John's Wood Academy, and then at the Royal Academy Schools.
He completed his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris. He returned to England in
1906. He had three solo exhibitions during his lifetime. From 1914 until 1922
he taught at the Glasgow School of Art, although living in Lansdowne House, Holland Park,
London. He was influential in pioneering tempera painting in Britain, and a strong
influence in the Victorian rediscovery of Piero della Francesca.
His early work was deeply influenced by his love of the sea and sailing, and the quality
of the light in coastal areas. He was also influenced by the work of Edward Burne-Jones,
and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A wide-ranging artist, he also produced notable book
illustrations (notably for the English translation of Nobel Prize-winner Maurice Maeterlinck's fairy play
The Blue Bird), painted large murals, produced posters, and designed stage sets and costumes.
Posthumous exhibitions of his work were held in London by the Fine Art Society in 1969
(The Earthly Paradise) and 1977 (Frederick Cayley Robinson). The majority of his work
is held at the British Museum and at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge.
The Fitzwilliam held a show "Chasing Happiness: Maurice Maeterlinck, The Blue Bird
and England" in 2006/7, showing the original Blue Bird set designs in public for the first time.
There is a notable mural, Acts of Mercy, at the Middlesex Hospital. Nicolas Perry describes
From The Blue Bird
"their hushed atmosphere, tense geometry and subdued colour scheme respond to the
grim anxieties of the Home Front, as well as to their original classical setting.
The figures wait - for the doctor, for food, for peace."''
"Journey to Arezzo".
J.H. Baron. Frederick Cayley Robinson's Acts of Mercy murals at the Middlesex Hospital, London. ''BMJ'' 1994, 309, pages 1723-1724 (24 December).
Poster for ''The Blue Bird''
Book illustrations for ''The Blue Bird''
Frederick Cayley Robinson on ARC.
"Traders of the Sea".