The Rejected Manuscript is Robert’s title for a proposed egg-tempera painting. The title refers to the bane of literary endeavour, and a theme common to all creative pursuits: rejection.
Robert undertook drawing studies of selected architectural features in the State Library Victoria, in particular, the La Trobe Reading Room. An amalgam of details drawn from these studies will form the background composition. Although Robert's paintings appear to be carefully observed renderings of real places, they are capriccios.