ROBINS , William Palmer

1882 - 1959

William Palmer Robins

Robins was born in Southwark, London on 21 July 1882, eldest son and second child of William Benjamin Robins, an art teacher, and his wife Annie née Palmer (1857-1939), an elementary teachers, who married at St Saviour Southwark in 1880. In 1891, an 8 year old living at Hatcham Park Road, St Paul Deptford, London with his parents, 33 year old William and 33 year old Annie, with siblings Annie C. 10, Arthur 6, John M. 3 and Ernest D. 1. As a child he studied at Roan's School in Greenwich followed by St Martin's School of Art and Goldsmith's College. He married at Edmonton, London in 1910, Mabel Louisa Matthews (1884-1917), an artist and sculptor, and in 1911 a 28 year old drawing master living at 49 Meadowvale Road, Ealing, London with his 27 year old wife Mabel and later moved to Knebworth, Hertfordshire and became Head of the Etching Department in the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, serving in the Artist's Rifles during World War I. A member of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers also a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers. Landscape painter, lithographer and etcher also an essayist and a book illustrator. He exhibited in the UK, Venice, Florence, Paris, Zurich and Los Angeles also exhibiting at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 three dry point works 'Near Beccles', 'Farm near Sandwich' and 'Below Bray' and an aquatint 'Cement Works, Rochester'. By his first wife he had one surviving child Bridget (1917-1983) and by his late wife's younger sister, Miriam Gladys Matthews went on to have three more children, Miriam (Cherry Lankester), Carol Elizabeth (Campbell) 1926-2001, Sally Lawford, an artist in her own right, and David, who died in his infancy. His last child was Jenepher, born in 1937, daughter of the accomplished miniaturist portrait painter Marjorie Forbes. In 1939 a teacher of drawing engraving artist living at 10 Grimsdells Lane, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, with a married Catherine Marjorie Robins (26 July 1908-2005), a portrait artist, and his widowed mother Annie, who died later that year. Reviews of his work appeared in 'The Sphere' (by Neville Wallis), 'The Bookman's Journal' and 'Print Collector' Vol. V No.4, January 1922 from which material for this article has been drawn. His obituary appeared on 15 July 1959 in The Times of London newspaper.




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