- Oil on wood panel
- Presented by the family of James Jamieson 1932
- 400 x 445 x 25mm
Robert Bell has given this small figure study a title which suggests the type of book the young woman is reading. Certainly she appears to be completely caught up in the story. Bell was an important figure in the development of the Art Nouveau style in the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He worked with a wide variety of mediums throughout his career, including oil, watercolour, tempera, stained glass and mosaics. In the 1890s he also produced numerous book and periodical illustrations, included in such publications as the Yellow Book and The Studio. Born in London, Bell left school at fourteen due to family financial difficulties and became articled to an architect. He later studied art at the Westminster School of Art, the Royal Academy Schools and the studio of Aimé Morot, in Paris. Bell held professorships at University College in Liverpool, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and was elected Master of the Art Workers Guild in 1921.