Another significant influence on Robin’s output were historic printed and engraved images of horticultural subject matter. Indeed we hope to have on loan for our forthcoming show a folio of such prints purchased at the Tanner dispersal auction in 1996, and bearing Robin’s signature.

In this instance, Tanner has produced a still life of flowers almost in the Dutch manner. As was often his wont, he also also used in the composition an element of landscape and in the foreground a scene from rural craft – in this instance the thatching of circular ricks of corn so redolent of the Wiltshire countryside of the inter-war years.

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