Robjent Richard b1937
Richard Robjent, born in 1937, is an artist, publisher, sportsman and naturalist. He is well known for his pictures of game birds and waterfowl and follows closely the bird painting tradition represented by Archibald Thorburn and Philip Rickman, the latter from whom he received much advice and encouragement.
Described by The Sunday Times as the country's most distinguished game bird artist, Richard attended the Winchester College of Art after leaving school and was a regular soldier for 20 years.
In 1978, Richard formed Fine Sporting Interests Limited, his fine art publishing company. His first publication in 1978 was the limited edition book "A selection of Bird Paintings and sketches", written and illustrated by Philip Rickman. This was followed by a series of monographs on game birds, the first of which was The Woodcock, published in 1988. This was followed by The Snipe in 1989, The Grouse in 1991, The Partridge in 1993 and The Pheasant in 1995. All the special editions and most of the half bound editions became quickly sold out and are now eagerly sought after by collectors and dealers at prices well in excess of the original purchase prices.
Dubbed the living successor to Archibald Thorburn, the international press have given these books much critical acclaim. His latest and possibly his last publication, Sporting Wildfowl of the British Isles, encompasses 35 colour plates and some 50 sepia drawings and is undoubtedly Richard's biggest and most ambitious project to date.