Robert Cecil Robertson (1890-1942)
|Artist Name||Robert Cecil Robertson (1890-1942)|
|Title||Grand Canal China|
|Description||This lovely Scottish 1930's oil painting is by Scottish artist Robert Cecil Robertson. The subject matter is a washing day on the Chinese Shanghai Grand Canal and Robertson painted several paintings of the canals whilst living in Shanghai. He later exhibited 5 paintings of Chinese canals at the Royal Scottish Academy between 1936 and 1940, all with similar titles and locations. It is therefore possible that this painting was an exhibited work under a slightly different title.
The Grand Canal, known to the Chinese as the Jing–Hang Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest as well as the oldest canal or artificial river in the world. Starting at Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, but the various sections were first connected during the Sui dynasty. Dynasties in 1271–1633 significantly rebuilt the canal and altered its route to supply their capital Beijing.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||18 x 23 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame 30 inches by 25 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Dr Robert Cecil Robertson (fl 1920-1930's) was the husband of Eleanor Moore Roberston, artist. After marriage they moved to Shanghai where he worked. He was a painter of landscapes and exhibited at The Scottish Academy and the Glasgow Institute (1932-1940). He painted Far East landscapes around Hong Kong and China whilst abroad.