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Robins of Modern Times, 1860

John Roddam Spencer STANHOPE , Robins of Modern Times

Oil/canvas , Painting , 18 7/8x33 7/8 in, 48x86 cm

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  • rasputina2 PRO 7y

    Guess "modern" is a relative term. This is neat.
  • Molly PRO 7y

    Well, by 1860 it was time to cast off the shackles of the prince regent once and for all!
  • John PRO 7y

    sort of pre-Raphaelite I guess
  • Molly PRO 7y

    It does look very pre-raphaelite!
  • whitesunglasses 7y

    The work, it seems has very little to do with politics of the time (the comment on regency above). This work, as with much of the artists' ouvre, concerns itself with a modern type of hybrid mythology; with general allegories touching on many interrelated themes.
    It is unlikely that this child (of indeterminate gender), is merely napping. HIs/her legs protrude at uncomfortably odd angles from beneath disheveled underskirts and socks. The child's body is slumped among snapped serpentine twigs and dying foliage (at which the more distant robin pecks.) Just as the carefully composed garland had already begun its inevitable decomposition, the bloom of youth will vacate the child's cheeks The escarpment behind bars any return to the safety of the idyllic cottage beyond. And the apparently once verdant land in the mid-ground has become nearly barren with overgrazing, (note the distant livestock). I'm sure we could easily posit a dozen or more classic mythological frameworks, allegories or simply narratives here, but to play that game would reduce the artist's aim to naught.
  • John PRO 7y

    Now that you mention it...I'll suggest an unhappy fall, the child now quite dead. Maybe he/she fell out of an apple tree: there, the tumbled fruits. But I can't quite figure out the cheeky bird, coming up so soon to check things out.
  • Ms. Max 5y

    John Roddam Spencer Stanhope WAS a full-fledged Pre-Raphalite and was friends with and influenced by Burne-Jones (
  • Ms. Max 5y

    artcyclopedia is a great resource to find sources of an artists works. John Roddam Spencer Stanhope ( works are very like Burne-Jones in style.
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Taken on December 28, 2008
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