ROBERT ANNING BELL RA RWS HRIBA (1863-1933)

Robert Anning Bell was born on 14 April 1863 and educated at University College School in London. read more...

Robert Anning Bell was born on 14 April 1863 and educated at University College School in London. At the age of fifteen he was articled for two years to an architect uncle before studying at the Royal Academy Schools, the Westminster School of Art (under Fred Brown), in Paris (under Aimé Morot) and, later, in Italy. On his return from Paris, he shared a studio with portrait sculptor George Frampton and together they developed a line in hand-coloured plaster reliefs, in imitation of Della Robbia. His early architectural training and his close friendship with architects and sculptors made him the ideal artist for decorative schemes, and by the eighteen-nineties he had become an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. His early illustrative work, in pen and ink and watercolour, includes a number of Shakespeare-related volumes: Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare (1899), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1895), The Tempest (1901) and Shakespeare’s Heroines (1901). These display a concern for the page as a whole of flatness and lightness similar to those found in Walter Crane and Charles Ricketts. From 1894, he was on the staff of the School of Architecture, University College, Liverpool, later becoming a Professor of both University College, Liverpool, later becoming a Professor of both Glasgow School of Art (1918-24). He was also an honorary associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1916), and Master of the Art Workers’ Guild (1921).ß He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1885 (ARA 1914, RA 1922) and at the New English Art Club in 1888 (NEAC 1892), while his solo shows included one at the Fine Art Society in 1907. He was also organised a number of international exhibitions of arts and crafts. His paintings were worked in both oil and tempera, but with an increasing preference for watercolour he became an active member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colour (ARWS 1901, RWS 1904) and, in 1925, wrote an essay in praise of the medium (Old Water-Colour Society’s Club, Volume 11). His death on 27 November 1933 was followed in March 1934 by a memorial exhibition at the Fine Art Society.

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INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS by ROBERT ANNING BELL

INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS

DESIGN FOR ENDPAPER by ROBERT ANNING BELL

DESIGN FOR ENDPAPER

HELENA AND HERMIA
 by ROBERT ANNING BELL

HELENA AND HERMIA

A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM by ROBERT ANNING BELL

A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM

MIRANDA (THE TEMPEST)
'THE CHARACTER OF MIRANDA RESOLVES ITSELF INTO THE VERY ELEMENTS OF WOMANHOOD' by ROBERT ANNING BELL

MIRANDA (THE TEMPEST) 'THE CHARACTER OF MIRANDA RESOLVES ITSELF INTO THE VERY ELEMENTS OF WOMANHOOD'

PORTIA by ROBERT ANNING BELL

PORTIA

CLEOPATRA (ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA) by ROBERT ANNING BELL

CLEOPATRA (ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA)

KATHERINE OF ARAGON (HENRY VIII) by ROBERT ANNING BELL

KATHERINE OF ARAGON (HENRY VIII)

OCTAVIA (JULIUS CAESAR) by ROBERT ANNING BELL

OCTAVIA (JULIUS CAESAR)

IMOGEN by ROBERT ANNING BELL

IMOGEN

JULIET
(ROMEO AND JULIET) by ROBERT ANNING BELL

JULIET (ROMEO AND JULIET)

ELINOR OF GUIENNE by ROBERT ANNING BELL

ELINOR OF GUIENNE

HELENA by ROBERT ANNING BELL

HELENA

CHARACTERS OF INTELLECT by ROBERT ANNING BELL

CHARACTERS OF INTELLECT

ISABELLA
(MEASURE FOR MEASURE) by ROBERT ANNING BELL

ISABELLA (MEASURE FOR MEASURE)

LADY MACBETH by ROBERT ANNING BELL

LADY MACBETH

AWAITING NEWS by ROBERT ANNING BELL

AWAITING NEWS

   

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