SMART, Robert Borlase

1881 - 1947

Robert Borlase Smart

Born at Kingsbridge, Devon on 11 February 1881, eldest child of Robert William Cawse Smart (1852-1933), a public elementary teacher, and his wife Eliza Jane née Borlase, who married at Plymouth in 1879. In 1881 a newly born, living at Shipwrights Yard, Dodbrooke, Devonshire with his parents, 28 year old Robert and 24 year old Eliza with mother-in-law Phoebe Rashleigh Borlase, a 57 year old widow. He worked as a journalist/art editor and critic on the 'Western Morning News/Illustrated Western Weekly News' from 1901 to 1913. He studied at Plymouth College of Art, Royal College of Art and from1913 under Albert Julius Olsson (1864-1942) in St Ives. During the First World War he served in the army during which time he continued drawing and his drawings of the Western Front were purchased by the Imperial War Museum. He married at Godstone, Surrey in 1917, Kathleen Irene Godson and they settled in St Ives, Cornwall where he had studios at The Cabin, 1 Porthmeor and the Ocean Wave Studio. For a short time in 1926 they lived at Salcombe, Devon but returned to St Ives the following year and in 1939 were living at Ty Bryn, Belyars Park Avenue, St Ives, Cornwall. A coastal and marine painter, etcher, poster designer and topographical artist and a member of the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painter, Royal Institute of British Artists and the Nottingham Society of Arts where he was a regular exhibitor. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1946-1947. He died in the Penzance district of Cornwall in 1947, aged 66. The author of several books including 'Techniques for Painting Seascapes' (1929).




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