STILL LIFE OIL PAINTING OF FLOWERS ROBIN WALLACE (Hon,R.B.A 1897-1952)
Still life painting of roses by well respected artist Robin Wallace. Oil on canvas unframed and signed to bottom right. Name and address to verso also.
The record price for this artist at auction is £6,500 for Barrage Ballons, sold at Bonhams Knighsbridge on 6th April 2016.
Condition. Several small losses of paint to the edges. Good condition overall.
Early 20th century.
Approx dimensions: H:61cm W:51cm D:1.5cm
Robin Wallace was born in 1897 and died in 1952, London. He was a landscape and still life
painter in oil, but also a watercolourist and and an etcher. His birth place was Kendal, in Cumbria,
in The South of the Lake District. He worked for a local Horticulturalist, then served in the first world
war. After that he went to study art at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. He made such
good progress here that his scholarship was renewed annually until 1926.
He visited his home town of Kendal, throughout his studies, and while doing this produced several landscapes
featuring Cumbrian subjects which he showed at The Royal Academy from 1922, and included in his first one man-show at the Rembrandt Gallery, Liverpool, in 1926.
A second one-man show followed in 1931, and until 1940 he was a regular exhibitor at The Royal Academy, The
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Royal Institute of oil painters and The New
English Art Club and in the provinces.
When the second world war began he decided to leave London and moved to Ross-On-Wye, in a villiage called Kern, into a cottage. Here he initially worked the land surrounding the cottage, painting in his spare time. In the middle of the war, however, he taught art at Langford Grove Girls School in Gloucestershire, eventually moving back to London to become a part-time teacher at the Channing School.
He resumed exhibiting at The Royal Academy from 1946, and had a one-man show at Colnaghi’s on March 12th, 1952, but the mental and physical strain of preparing for the latter is believed to have seriously undermined his health, and he died in London a few months later.
He was an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artists from 1948, and for many years a member of the Lakes Artist’s Sociaty. Represented: British Museum; Abbot Hall A.G.,Kendal; Carlisle A.G.