The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Tanner, Robin
Robin Tanner (Wiltshire, 1904-1988) was an English artist and printmaker.
He followed in the visionary tradition of Samuel Palmer and English neo-romanticism. He
lived in London, Wiltshire, and Bath.
His etchings began in the early 1920s, when he undertook night-school classes at Goldsmiths' Art
College in London. He had been inspired by seeing the major Samuel Palmer exhibition in London,
and by the passion for Palmer's Shoreham works among fellow students such as Paul Drury, William
Larkins and Graham Sutherland.
Tanner was thus part of the etching revival in England, but the market for etchings was largely
destroyed by the great economic depression that began in 1929, and by the growing trend towards
the use of photography for magazine illustrations. Thus, Tanner turned to teaching to earn his
main income. Tanner became a noted teacher of art. His passion for teaching fine art to young
children was infused into many English counties through his role as Inspector of Schools from
1935-1964. He also had a sideline in topographical graphic book illustration, and published
a number of books on printmaking aimed at children.
His later work, such as Woodland Plants, shows the influence of William Morris.
His etching plates are now held at the Ashmolean Museum.
Ashmolean Museum of Art, London, 1981. "Robin Tanner".
The Fine Art Society, London, 2004. "Visions of Landscape: Samuel Palmer & Robin Tanner".
Robin Garton (1988). Robin Tanner: The Etchings. ISBN 0-906030-21-8