Will-o-the Whisp

ROBERT ANNING BELL RA (1863-1933) Biography

Will-o-the Whisp (England, c.1900)

Watercolour on paper


18.00cm high
36.00cm wide
(7.09 inches high)
(14.17 inches wide)
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Exhibition History

Daoulas Abbey, Brittany, France, Fées, Elfes, Dragons et autres créatures des royaumes de féerie, 7 December 2002- 9 March 2003

Description / Expertise

Born in London, Robert Anning Bell was trained as a painter at the Royal Academy Schools in 1881 and afterwards at the Westminster School of Art. He later worked under Aimé Morot in Paris. George Frampton, under whom Bell worked in London, became the leader of the Craft of Sculptors and The Art Workers Guild in 1884. He was largely responsible for encouraging artists to expand the variety of their materials and techniques. Bell became a master of the Art Worker's Guild and, in addition to his paintings, made polychrome plaster relief images in the Arts and Crafts style.

It was Robert Anning Bell who designed mosaics for the Houses of Parliament and also Westminster Cathedral.