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Thomas Sewell Robins (1814 – 1880)

“Seascape with Shipping”


5” x 9” (128mm x 227mm)

Overall framed size 12 ¾” x 16” (325mm x 405mm)

Provenance:  John Manning Gallery, New Bond Street (bears gallery label)                                                                               IMAGE       IMAGE          IMAGE



Thomas Sewell Robins was a coastal and marine painter.  He lived in London and exhibited from 1829 to 1879.  He was elected Member of the New Watercolour Society in 1839 but resigned in 1866.  His work is of a high quality in the tradition of G. Chambers or the best of C. Bentley and he shows a fine sense of atmospheric effect.  He also produced a number of inland views, notably of French and German river towns, which are very attractive and display an unexpected informality of handling.  Sales of his work were held at Christie’s in February 1859 and April 1866 and his remaining works were sold in the same rooms in February 1881 and February 1882.  Examples of work by T.S. Robins are in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Haworth Art Gallery Accrington, Bethnal Green Museum, Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, Preston Manor Brighton, Greenwich, Newport Art Gallery and Portsmouth City Museum.