DUNLOP , Ronald Ossory

1894 - 1973

Self Portrait

Rod Dunlop was born in Dublin, Ireland on 28 June 1894, an only son of three children, his father Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868–1935), was a friend of W. B. Yeats, James Stephens and George Russell. His mother, who married at Dublin in 1891, was Eleanor née Fitzpatrick (1862-1932) and a watercolour artist, thus Dunlop grew up surrounded by the seminal figures of the Irish Literary Renaissance. The Dunlop family moved to New York in 1899 and three years later to London but in 1911, 'Rod' Dunlop as he was known, was a 16 year old clerk in an advertising agency living at 'Ashdale', Warwick Drive, Hale, Cheshire with his parents, 42 year old Daniel, an electrical engineer with Westinghouse and 46 year old Eleanor, with two sisters siblings, Edith 19 and Aileen 10. He studied part-time at Manchester School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art and in Paris, associating with a group of young artists who exhibited at the Hurricane Lamp Gallery in Chelsea and who in 1928 published a journal called 'Emotionism'. An author and painter in oil of landscapes, seascapes, figure studies, portraits and still life, he became a prolific exhibitor, with his first one man show at the Redfern Gallery in Cork Street, London in 1928 other venues included the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. In 1923 he had founded the Emotionist Group of writers and artists, and in 1931 he joined the The London Group of artists and elected an associate of the Royal Academy on 21 April 1939, a full member on 14 March 1950 and a senior on 31 December 1969. Most of his life was spent in England, and in the 1930's and the early part of World War Two at Walberswick, Suffolk with a summer base in a caravan behind the Bell Inn, but during the off-season was able to have accommodation at the pub, using the caravan as his studio from where exhibited with the Sole Bay Group. He married firstly at Kingston, Surrey in 1914, Flora Durrant Pascal (1885-1945) and secondly at Chichester in 1946 Hilda Mary Allen (1920-2005) and had issue. In 1939, artist assistant at The Royal Academy living at 45a High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey living with him was the actress Rosalind Iden (29 July 1909-1990), future wife of Sir Donald Wolfit (1902-1968). He latterly lived at Barnham, West Sussex, close to Chichester where he died in 1973.

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