Robert Bateman (1841/2-1922)

Robert Bateman, interesting as an illustrator, also worked as a painter, sculptor and architect – he was a landowner with his own fortune, and so had the luxury of being able to vary his inclination. He was much inspired by Burne-Jones, certainly in his illustrative work, and was also encouraged by the marine artist E. W. Cook, who went sketching with him in Spain and Italy at the beginning of the 1860s. He attended the RA Schools in 1865. His paintings of the 1860s were somewhat symbolist in style, with well-caught landscape features of forest and flower. His figure subjects included very classical works, also biblical and medieval.

Bateman’s work is not common – the only references I have to his work in public collections are Three Women plucking a Mandrake in the Welcome Trust for the History of Medicine library, and The Pool of Bethesda, in the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Centre of British Art.

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