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Preparing the Nets

Oil on canvas, signed

11½ x 17½ in.



Preparing the Nets by

Robert Jobling was a former shipyard worker who at the age of twenty seven became a full time artist, having begun to exhibit his paintings two years earlier. He later moved to Whitley, near Cullercoats, and this location featured in many of his paintings. His second wife was Isa Thompson, an artist in her own right who had   studied in Paris.


Robert Jobling first exhibited at the Royal  Academy and also at the Royal Society of Artists in 1883. He painted regularly at Cullercoats before switching his allegiance to Staithes. He found the artistic atmosphere at Staithes very stimulating, and his palette immediately brightened. As one of the older members of the Staithes Group, Jobling held a position of some standing. Jobling’s work was in the main shown in local exhibitions in the north of England.


Bibliography:          The Staithes Group by Peter Phillips



Public collections:  Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

                               Tulle House Museum and Art Gallery

                                Hatton Gallery

                                Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

                                South Shields Museum and Art Gallery


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