My Mother’s House, Lithograph, 1986.

Sheila Robinson was a pupil of Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art. Encouraged by him, she moved to Great Bardfield in 1953, and immersed herself in the creative life there while raising two small children, Ben and Chloë. She moved to Saffron Walden in 1968, buying a brick and flint cottage overlooking the common.

Chloë Cheese based this lithograph on a drawing of her mother’s bedroom in Saffron Walden. Sheila’s eye for interesting objects and colours is apparent, and has clearly been inherited by her daughter. For more wonderfully colourful and lively work by Sheila, her daughter Chloë, and her grand-daughter Florence, come to the exhibition now on at the Fry Art Gallery.

Working Women – the art of Sheila Robinson and Chloë Cheese is in the Gibson Room at the Fry Art Gallery until 30th June 2024.