William Frederick YeamesAmy Robsart exhibited 1877

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Artist
William Frederick Yeames (1835‑1918)
Title
Amy Robsart
Date exhibited 1877
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2815 x 1885 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1877
Reference
N01609
Not on display

Summary

A leading member of the St John's Wood Clique, Yeames sought a fresh approach to historical subject matter. Led by the flamboyant Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-98), the group often rented Hever Castle in Kent during the summer months and used it as a setting for some of their pictures. Yeames and Frederick Goodall (1822-1904), another member of the clique, specialised in Tudor and Stuart subjects, but often departed from the tradition of depicting a particular specific historic event by creating situations which simply captured the mood of bygone times. Yeames' most famous picture is And when did you last see you father? (1878, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), now a permanent waxwork tableau at Madame Tussaud's in London. Other subjects include the story of Prince Arthur and Hubert and the imprisonment of Lady Jane Grey. The latter, like Amy Robsart (1532-60), illustrates the artist's sympathy with innocent yet tragic figures in British history… (read more)

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