Thomas Robins the Elder was an important 18th-century fan painter and landscape artist.
South East View of Cheltenham by Thomas I Robins, 1740
Photo: © Sotheby's
- Paper/parchment painted with watercolour, ivory sticks
- 29 cm diameter
- Art Fund grant:
- £4,718 ( Total: £12,750)
- Acquired in:
He was born in Cheltenham and lived for much of his life in Charlton Kings on the eastern side of the town. This fan is richly decorated with a view of the South East of the town, and features a number of different annotated elements, including The Well and its Conveniences , Lady Stapletons house, The Church and part of ye Town, and Stapletons Dog Kennel; of these only the Parish Church, St Marys, still stands. The mention of Lady Stapletons name twice strongly suggests she commissioned the fan. A number of figures are depicted including what is probably the artist himself seated at work on the left of the scene (Robins includes himself in other known work), and Lady Stapleton may also be included as one of the well-dressed figures on the Well Walk, possibly accompanied by her friend Captain Henry Skillicorne, the developer of Cheltenham Spa.
Private collection; Monica Maiman, 1999. believed to be current vendor. The Gallery has been advised to carry out an Art Loss Register search.