Anderson, Robert, ARSA

1842 – 1885

RSA Annual Report 1885, Notice XI (obituary); "Robert Anderson, ARSA, died on 24th April , at the comparatively early age of 43. Born at Edinburgh, he was trained as an engraver, and displayed no ordinary ability in that Art, which he practised successfully for several years. Having, however, developed considerable talent in Water-Colour painting, he gave up engraving in 1879, and the many works in watercolour which emanated from his pencil rapidly brought him practise and reputation. marine subjects, wherein were frequently depicted the varied phases of Scottish fisher life and character, were his main study; but in the harvest-field and farm-yard he also found material congenial to his taste. A year or two before his death he gave unequivocal evidence of his ability in Oil painting, which promised as decided success in that branch of Art as he had alreadty attained in Water-Colour painting. Mr Anderson was elected an Associate of the Academy in 1879. His genial, kindly, and unassuming disposition secured for him the esteem of his professional brethern. The President, Council and Office-bearers and other members attended his funeral." He exhibited at the RSA every year from 1869 to 1885 with the exception of 1872.

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