Mary Newbery, 1892 - 1985. Artist
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Mary Newbery, 1892 - 1985. Artist 1911
  • Scottish Art
This beautifully rendered drawing illustrates Robertson’s skill as a draughtsman. It is a portrait of Mary Newbery, an artist who became part of The Edinburgh Group in 1919. Robertson met her as a result of his relationship with fellow artist Cecile Walton, the daughter of painter E. A. Walton. Although in a relationship with Cecile, a biographer of the couple states that Robertson was attracted to Mary’s fair complexion which contrasted Cecile’s dark hair. This underlines the sensual quality of this delicate drawing, which shows the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites - identifiable in the subtle tone, thick hair, bare neck and alluring eye contact. In comparison to the overtly erotic tone of many of Robertson’s depictions of the female nude, romanticism is the dominant theme in this work.

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Draughtsmanship

The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.

Edinburgh Group

A group of painters that exhibited together in Edinburgh from 1919 to 1921. It included Cecile Walton, Dorothy Johnstone, Eric Robertson and D.M. Sutherland.

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

A group of mid-19th century English artists inspired by the simplicity of pre-Renaissance Italian art, the name meaning 'before Raphael'. They favoured a close observation of nature and rejected academic rules. They drew on literature for subject matter and were closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Members included John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Romanticism

A movement in art, literature and music in the 18th and 19th centuries that rejected neoclassical restraint in favour of emotion and individual expression.

Symbolism

The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Draughtsmanship, Edinburgh Group, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Romanticism, Symbolism

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 3413
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 28.00 x 28.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2005