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Cartoon Study for Exit

This cartoon depicts lovers as if they were one head split in two. They may be torn apart or two halves seeking wholeness through union with the other. The drawing was created as one of many studies for the painting, Exit, which shows a man in

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Cartoon of Art Friends

Robert and his artist friends were great letter writers. When they weren’t writing letters, they were leaving notes for one another in their studios, on apartment doors and other meeting spots. Because they were artists, their letters were full of

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Studies for “Love Poems”

The first page of a new sketchbook is devoted to a project for a friend, the cover illustration to Joanne Light’s book, Love Poems. This is the first of many collaborations with Joanne. Joanne encouraged Robert to pursue the theme

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Living in Fear

This drawing is selected from several pages of similar cold war themes, all treated in a cartoon style. As the nuclear bomb explodes on the screen of the TV, the figure of the watching man becomes increasingly indistinct until he finally

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Prufrock: Question

The caption “Do I dare disturb the universe,” is a quotation from T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” published in 1920. The cartoon may also refer to “the overwhelming question” and the narrator’s desire to “wear

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Invitation Card for Afternoon on the Avon

An example of Robert’s humorous drawing, in which he often dislocates mythic figures into a local Nova Scotian landscape. The background shows a view of the Minas Basin with Cape Blomidon appearing as a distant shore. Blomidon was home of

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This small cartoon illustrates T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Robert builds upon the poem’s references to art and the Bible, adding in a television and Hollywood Oscar statuette: the invasion of pop culture into high

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Study for Delivery

Robert’s Argyle Street studio looked across at Citadel Hill in downtown Halifax. There was a controversy at this time about the construction of tall buildings that blocked views of the harbour from vantage points on Citadel Hill. The Old Town