Robert Kemm (British, 1837-1895)

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Robert Kemm (British, 1837-1895)

The Mussel Gatherers

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed lower left.
  • Provenance; Sotheby's London, 16th July 2003, Lot 118.
  • Similar listed to €30,000.00 Euros at auction.
  • Painting - 51cm x 61cm
  • Frame - 60cm x 70cm 

Lot Notes

A very fine oil painting on canvas by Robert Kemm depicting mussel gatherers on the beach.  The painting has a wonderful provenance having been sold by Sotheby's in their 19th Century Paintings sale in July 2003.  Signed lower left.


In very fine condition.  The canvas not lined, torn, patched or repaired.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang. 

Artist Information

Robert Kemm was the son of the carver and gilder William Kemm, his love of painting must have awakened very early, as he was only fourteen years old when he was registered in the census as an artist. During his early years Kemm produced two series of 256 watercolors of Wiltshire churches. Following his contemporaries J. Phillip, J. Bagnold Burgess and E. Long, Kemm made a trip to Spain in the years between 1946 and 1946. Long, he made a trip to Spain between 1861 and 1864, visiting Seville and Granada in particular. In the years preceding his first exhibition, Kemm devoted himself mainly to portraiture. His first exhibition at the Royal Society of British Artists took place in 1874. In this first exhibition Kemm already showed all the typical elements of his style, with works on Spanish themes. It is worth mentioning the presentation of several works by Kemm in the exhibition "English Romantic Painters in 19th Century Spain", organized in Zamora by Caja Duero in 1999, from a private Spanish collection. Robert Kemm is represented in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Salisbury Museum, the Wiltshire Archaeological Society, the Sunderland Museum and the Museum of Sheffield.