Oil on canvas, signed
11½ x 17½ in.
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
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery