Thomas Sewell Robins was born on 8 May, 1810 in Devonport near Plymouth to William Robins and Elizabeth Sewell. He showed an early artistic talent for art and in 1829 he entered the Royal Academy under the sponsorship of the artist James Northcote, who was also from Devon. He studied under Thomas Phillips and was also tutored by JMW Turner. He made his debut at the RA in 1829 and began exhibiting at the British Institution from 1832 and Suffolk Street. He also exhibited at the New Watercolour Society where he was made an Associate in 1839.
He married Elizabeth Roberts, who was from Wales in 1835 and together they lived at 31 Cirencester Place with their daughter Delia Elizabeth. Being brought up near a port seems to have provided the inspiration for his subject matter, as much of his output consisted of marine and coastal scenes. He spent his time travelling around the country spending time in Wales and Brighton, but seems to have had a long term base at 24 Victoria Road in Kensington.
As well as painting many scenes of the British coast, he also travelled abroad, first visiting France in 1842 and later Holland, Italy and Germany. During the 1860’s his ill health forced him to stop travelling and reduce his workload. Robins died at Victoria Road, Kensington on 9 August, 1880. He is buried at Brompton Cemetery.
Examples of his work are held by many public collections including the British Museum, Dover Collections, National Maritime Museum, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and the V&A.
|Presentation||The work is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||26.5 inches x 45 inches (67.5cm x 114cm)|
|Framed Size||33.5 inches x 52 inches (85cm x 132cm)|