South East View of Cheltenham
- Art Funded
- 29 cm diameter
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 Â’The Well and its ConveniencesÂ’ , Â‘Lady StapletonÂ’s houseÂ’, Â‘The Church and part of ye TownÂ’, and Â‘Â…StapletonÂ’s Dog KennelÂ’; of these only the Parish Church, St MaryÂ’s, still stands. The mention of Lady StapletonÂ’s 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.