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Cayley Robinson ~ Symbolist painter and illustrator




Frederick Cayley Robinson [1862-1927] was a British 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. / © Tate, London