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 Robert Anning Bell

 

 

Robert Anning Bell        


(b London, 14 April 1863; d London, 27 Nov 1933).

English decorative artist and painter. He was articled to an architect and studied at Westminster School of Art under Frederick Brown and at the Royal Academy Schools. Later he worked in the studio of Aimé Morot in Paris and travelled to Italy. Bell belonged to the group of artist–craftsmen who brought about the last flowering of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He painted in oil and watercolour and was among the pioneers of the revival of the use of tempera. He was an illustrator and also worked in stained glass and mosaic. He is best known for a series of bas-reliefs in coloured plaster, a group of which was used in the interior decoration at Le Bois de Moutiers, a house in Varengeville, Normandy, designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1898. Bell’s understanding of early Italian art underpinned his work in mosaic, a medium he used to great effect in three public commissions in London: the Horniman Museum, Westminster Cathedral and St Stephen’s Hall. He was an active member, and in 1921 Master, of the ART WORKERS’ GUILD, as well as a member of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, helping to organize the latter’s shows in London, Turin, Brussels and Paris. He was an instructor in painting and design at University College, Liverpool, in 1894, chief of the design section at Glasgow School of Art from 1911, and Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1918 to 1924. He was elected ARA in 1914 and RA in 1922. His wife, Laura Richard-Troncy, a pupil of Alphonse Legros, assisted him with gesso-work and gilding.

 

 


Ariadne

 

 


Come, and trip it as you go On the light fantastic toe

 

 


Fragrant Posy

 

 

 


Cupid's Visit
1912

 

 


Satyr and Nymph

 

 


La Belle Dame Sans Merci

 

 


The Magic Chrystal

 

 


'When In The Chronicle Of Wasted Time I See Description Of The Fairest Wights,
And Beauty Making Beautiful Old Rhyme In Praise Of Ladies Dead And Lovely Knights' Shakespeare

 

 


La bonne aventure
1898

 

 


L'oracle : trois jeunes femmes dans un parc

 

 


Music by the Water
1900

 

 


The Listeners
1906

 

 


Her Son
1933

 

 


Untitled

 

 


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Portrait

 

 


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Untitled

 

 


Mary and Elizabeth

 

 


The Pool

 

 


GERALDINE, COUNTESS OF MAYO

 

 


Illustration to Keats

 

 


Headpiece

 

 


The Brazen Serpent

 

 


Mander Brothers bookplate , 1894

 
 

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