Robin Tanner was the last of the generation of English etchers to continue the traditions of Samuel Palmer, Graham Sutherland and F.L.M. Griggs. He celebrated the beauty of the English countryside and its rustic settings in an idyllic pastoral manner unique in his time. His is the supremely crafted plate, developed through elaborate care and attention, and worked with a dense web of etched lines through which the light of the paper is allowed to sparkle. The density of this etched web is used to control the varying tones and create the final image.
Robin Tanner was the youngest of the Goldsmiths’ College group of etchers who followed in the footsteps of Samuel Palmer and F.L. Griggs. Tanner’s inspiration and consistent subject matter was the cottages, landscapes and rural life of Wiltshire and Cotswold England. This was the countryside in which he had grown up and his etchings display a passion and intensity which reflect an innate and intimate knowledge of their pastoral settings.