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Watercolour - The Blue Bird about to fly
  • The Blue Bird about to fly
    Robinson, Frederic Cayley, born 1862 - died 1927
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The Blue Bird about to fly

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robinson, Frederic Cayley, born 1862 - died 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 187

Physical description


Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1911 (made)


Robinson, Frederic Cayley, born 1862 - died 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache

Marks and inscriptions

'Cayley Robinson. 1911'
Signed and dated


Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Object history note

Along with P.81-1962 this water-colour was exhibited at the Leicester Galleries ‘Water-colour drawings illustrating Maeterlinck’s “The Blue Bird” by F. Cayley Robinson”, November to December 1911 (Nos. 52 and 50 respectively).

Descriptive line

The Blue Bird about to fly, illustration to Maeterlinck's 'The Bird Blue'. Watercolour by F.C Robinson.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.
André Capiteyn (ed.) L’Oiseau bleu. A la recherché du bonheur exhibition catalogue (Gent: Editions Snoek, 2011)
Along with P.82-1962 this was exhibited in the following exhibition at Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij, 8th December 2011 to 22nd April 2012 but was not referenced in the catalogue.


Watercolour; Gouache



Subjects depicted



Illustration; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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