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Robert Fowler | Victorian painter

Robert Fowler (1853-1926) was an Scottish artist who painted mythological scenes and landscapes. Fowler was born in Anstruther, Fife, and was brought up mainly by his uncle and aunt while his parents were away on business. He showed a very early aptitude for art, starting first with pencil drawings then moving on to painting and clay modelling.
His family moved to Liverpool and Fowler went to school at Liverpool College. At the age of 16, he found employment in a commercial office where his talent for art was recognised by his employer, who encouraged Fowler's parents to send him to art school.
Fowler went to London to study at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and the South Kensington Schools.


Jagger David | Portrait of Robert Fowler, 1919

He also spent much time making drawings of the exhibits in the British Museum, being particularly impressed by the Elgin Marbles, and found inspiration in the local art galleries. However, his art studies were curtailed by health problems which necessitated a long period of "convalescence" in Yorkshire and Llandudno in Wales.
He moved back to Liverpool and took an art studio in Castle Street, which became his base for several decades. He exhibited his work at the Liverpool autumn exhibitions in 1875, and at the Royal Academy, London, in 1876. He designed posters for the Walker Gallery, and also had work exhibited abroad in Paris and Munich. His studio became a magnet for other artists, writers and musicians. He moved to London in the early 1900s and had a studio in Tite street, Chelsea for some years.
Fowler became a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 1891, and the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours.
His style was classical - frequently drawing on mythological themes - but also with strong elements of symbolism and Japonism. Artists who influenced Fowler included Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore, George Watts, James Whistler, Frederick Walker and David Woodlock (1842-1929).







Robert Fowler è stato un artista Scozzese che dipinse scene mitologiche e paesaggi.
Fowler è nato ad Anstruther, nel Fife, ed è stato allevato principalmente da suo zio e sua zia mentre i suoi genitori erano via per lavoro.
Ha mostrato una predisposizione molto precoce per l'arte, partendo prima dal disegno a matita per poi passare alla pittura e alla modellazione della creta.
La sua famiglia si trasferì a Liverpool e Fowler andò a scuola al Liverpool College.
All'età di 16 anni, trovò lavoro in un ufficio commerciale dove il suo talento per l'arte fu riconosciuto dal suo datore di lavoro, che incoraggiò i genitori di Fowler a mandarlo alla scuola d'arte.


Fowler è andato a Londra per studiare alla Heatherley School of Fine Art ed alle South Kensington Schools.
Trascorse anche molto tempo a disegnare le mostre al British Museum, rimanendo particolarmente colpito dai marmi di Elgin, e trovò ispirazione nelle gallerie d'arte locali. Tuttavia, i suoi studi artistici furono ostacolati da problemi di salute che resero necessario un lungo periodo di "convalescenza" nello Yorkshire e Llandudno in Galles.
Tornò a Liverpool e prese uno studio d'arte in Castle Street, che divenne la sua base per diversi decenni. Espose i suoi lavori alle mostre autunnali di Liverpool nel 1875 e alla Royal Academy di Londra nel 1876.
Progettava manifesti per la Walker Gallery e esponeva anche all'estero a Parigi e Monaco. Il suo studio è diventato una calamita per altri artisti, scrittori e musicisti.
Si trasferì a Londra nei primi anni del 1900 e per alcuni anni ebbe uno studio in Tite Street, Chelsea. Fowler divenne membro del Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) nel 1891 e della Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours.
Il suo stile era classico - spesso attingendo a temi mitologici - ma anche con forti elementi di simbolismo e giapponismo.
Gli artisti che hanno influenzato Fowler includevano Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore, George Watts, James Whistler, Frederick Walker e David Woodlock (1842-1929).