Eric Robertson

Mary Newbery, 1892 - 1985. Artist

About this artwork

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.

Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson