Artist biography

Cayley ROBINSON 1862–1927

Painter of idyllic scenes and domestic interiors, decorator and illustrator. Born 18 August 1862 at Brentford, Middlesex. Studied at St John's Wood and the R.A. Schools; lived on a yacht painting realistic sea pictures 1888–90; studied at the Académie Julian in Paris 1890–2. The influence of Burne-Jones and Puvis de Chavannes, and that of Fra Angelico after a visit to Florence in 1898, caused him to adopt a more decorative manner. Exhibited at the R.B.A. from 1888 and at the R.A. from 1895; A.R.A. 1921. First one-man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery 1908. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1912; R.W.S. 1918. Designed décor and costumes for Maeterlinck's Blue Bird, Haymarket Theatre, 1909; painted decorative panels for Middlesex Hospital 1910–14. Illustrated The Book of Genesis 1914. Professor of Figure Composition and Decoration at Glasgow School of Art. Died in London 4 January 1927. Included in the Late Members exhibition at the R.A., winter 1928.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II