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    Sale 7635

    British Art on Paper

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

    George Fennel Robson, P.O.W.S. (1788-1833)

    Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle, North Wales

    Price Realised  


    George Fennel Robson, P.O.W.S. (1788-1833)
    Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle, North Wales
    pencil and watercolour with gum arabic
    7 7/8 x 11¾ in. (20 x 29.8 cm.)

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    After his initial training in Durham, George Fennel Robson moved to London in 1804 with the intention of becoming a landscape painter. He was introduced to the circle of artists surrounding John Varley (see lots 26 and 27), and it was from Varley that Robson derived the strong uncluttered compositions that characterised his own style. Travelling widely throughout the British Isles, Robson was drawn to sublime mountainous landscapes such as that in the present watercolour, and established himself as the principal interpreter of the Romantic landscape.

    Although fully laid down, an old label (on the reverse of the frame) records that this drawing is signed and dated 1832. Robson exhibited a watercolour at The Society of Painters in Water-colour, London, in 1833 entitled Distant View of Snowdon and the Nanthill Pools, North Wales (no. 241).

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    with Agnew's, London.

    Pre-Lot Text