Painted in 1907, Frederick Cayley Robinson's painting titled 'The Farewell' transmits an atmosphere of emotion that is identified with the Pre-Raphaelite school as well as the British Symbolist school. Simple in layout, powerful in focus, Cayley Robinson knows precisely the way he would like his viewer to feel when they lookout this work.
As George Frederic Watts is quoted as saying, and I paraphrase, "ordinary painting considerations may be put aside if the result be majestic and beautiful, capable of enlisting the imagination and making a poet of the spectator." Watts died in 1904, just after opening the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey and before Cayley Robinson painted 'The Farewell.'
'The Farewell,' Frederick Cayley Robinson, 1907, in the Collection of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire UK