The paintings exhibited by Eyre Crowe at the Royal Academy from 1900 to 1908 are representative of most of the themes which he had tackled at various points in his long career: scenes from history and literature, portrayals of writers and eminent people inspired by journals or biographies, contemporary scenic or narrative paintings set in the streets of London or in French villages, and portraits. Right to the end, Crowe produced a variety of works in different styles. Although his artistic powers were fading (Mendelssohn, his final exhibited painting, shows the protagonist as a cartoon-like stick figure, superimposed onto the background) and his works by this time unfashionable, Crowe continued to strive. His final Royal Academy exhibition in 1908 was the 51st successive exhibition in which he had participated.
(c) Kathryn Summerwill 2009