Sir Robin Philipson

Cathedral Interior, Remembrance (1965)

About this artwork

This work dates from the same period as Philipson's angst-ridden war paintings. As with his Mexican altar pictures of the 1960s, ‘Cathedral Interior, Remembrance’ developed the themes of the rose window and interior spaces. Philipson said: “What impressed me about the Venetian churches - San Marco above all - was a sense of their beautifully lit spaces. They gave me a great desire to recreate all their visual aspects simultaneously, taking in their inspired intricate rhythms and richly saturated colour.”

  • title: Cathedral Interior, Remembrance
  • accession number: GMA 1058
  • artist: Sir Robin PhilipsonScottish (1916 - 1992)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Churches and cathedrals
  • date created: 1965
  • measurements: 101.60 x 101.60 cm (framed: 113.00 x 113.20 x 7.00 cm)
  • credit line: Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967
  • copyright: © ROBIN PHILIPSON
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Robin Philipson

Sir Robin Philipson

Born in Cumbria, Philipson moved to Scotland with his family when he was fourteen. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he joined the teaching staff in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1982. His early work - mainly landscapes, still lifes and interiors - was strongly influenced by Kokoschka, whose painting ‘Zrání’ Philipson had studied at length. Later in the 1950s he became interested in the work of the American Abstract Expressionists. He became particularly well known for his paintings of cock fights, which helped to establish his reputation as a painter. Philipson’s paintings were notable for their energy and use of rich, jewel-like colour. His diverse subjects included catherdral interiors, soldiers, exotic wild animals and poppies.