Tavener, Robert: St Paul’s Cathedral


One of my favourite Tavener prints presenting a view across the working Thames to St Paul’s, just where the Millennium Bridge is now, a limited edition screenprint numbered 5 of only 12, signed, inscribed and newly framed in oak. We also have a signed artist’s proof available at £600 which is mounted but unframed.

Artist: Robert Tavener, (1920-2004)

Title and date: St Paul’s Cathedral, 1965

Size: 42.0 x 56.0 cms.


Artist description:

An increasingly popular and much collected artist, Robert Tavener was born in Hampstead in 1920. He completed 6 years’ war service and was part of the D Day landings. He studied drawing and painting at Gottingen University from 1945 to 1946 and attended Hornsey College of Art from 1946 until 1950. His first teaching job was as an art teacher at Temple School in Strood then at the Medway College of Art in Rochester.

He moved to Eastbourne in 1953 where he became head of printmaking at the College of Art and Design, retiring as vice-principal in 1980. He illustrated children’s books and worked as a printmaker, gaining commissions from London Transport, Shell, the BBC, the Radio Times and many others. He described his work as being: “English Countryside and English Architecture. Shape, pattern, colour, texture, design”.

He held many solo shows and his work was accepted for 34 years in succession at the RA’s Summer Exhibition. He was a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers where he exhibited in 30 shows. His work is held in over 25 UK collections, including the V and A and the Government Art Collection.