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Charles Robinson RI (1870-1937)

Charles Robinson, RI (1870-1937)

Charles produced distinctive illustrations and watercolours, evolving his style from the influences of Pre-Raphaelitism and Art Nouveau, Japanese prints and the work of Old Masters.

The second son of Thomas Robinson, Charles was born in Islington, North London on 22 October 1870. He attended the Highbury School of Art for a short time before being apprenticed to the Finsbury-based lithographic printers, Waterlow and Sons; while there, he worked alongside George Soper. On completing his apprenticeship he enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools, but almost immediately abandoned his studies there due to lack of finance. However, he continued at evening classes at the West London School of Art and at Heatherley’s, and evolved his own distinct style from the influences of Pre-Raphaelitism and Art Nouveau (Beardsley), Japanese prints and the work of Old Masters (Dürer). His first published drawings, for three children’s primers, generated a favourable review and an article in the Studio (1895).

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