1911 - 2000
Open Shutters

Watercolour on paper, signed and dated ‘Sept ’60’ bottom right
Image size: 26 x 19 inches (66 x 48 cm)
Handmade frame


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In this painting, Banks has managed to effectively convey the scorching heat of a Mediterranean summer. It is likely that this work depicts a town in Italy, a country where Banks spent a considerable amount of time travelling. His paintings of this country almost exclusively focused on sections of it’s architecture. This unwavering focus of subject reflects Bank’s passion for architectural forms that was also put into good practice through his position as a town planner.


Robert Louis Banks

Banks was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. An architect and artist, Banks studied at the Architectural Association  between 1928 and 1933. Following military service in the Second World War, during which he was awarded the Military Cross, Banks worked as a town planner until the 1950s, when he began to devote himself to painting.

A fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, he exhibited his work at the Trafford Gallery and the Alwin Gallery in London. He travelled extensively around Italy, painting views in Rome, Venice, Lecce, Naples, Urbino and elsewhere, and also visited Greece and Japan.

Banks often painted scenes around Italy during his travels, capturing the quiet streets and buildings of the sun-drenched cities that he visited.