Robert Arthur Wilson

Born 1884, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Died 1975, Bletchingley, Surrey


1897   Leaves school and obtains a position as a junior clerk at an oil company.

1900   Apprentices at Southwell & Company, signwriters.

1901-1907   Attends evening classes at the Sunderland School of Art.

1907   Receives a National Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art, London.

1911   Graduates from the Royal College of Art.

1912-13   Moves to Paris.

1918   Sets up his own studio in Hampstead.

1919   Exhibits at the Allied Artists' Exhibition, the London Group, and the Cambridge Magazine Exhibition.

1920   Exhibits at the Decorative Art Group.

1922-23   Moves his studio to South Kensington; his painting takes on a more representational manner.

1926   Exhibits at a one-man show, "Paintings by Local Artist" at Sunderland Public Art Gallery. 

1927   Exhibits at the Royal Academy, the Society of Graphic Artists, the London Salon, and the Royal Society of British Artists.

1933   Exhibits at a one-man show of sixty paintings at Albany Gallery in Piccadilly in May.  Later this year, he has a one-man show of forty "tone paintings of historic London" at the same gallery.  Five of the exhibited pieces are now in the London Museum, with others in the Victoria and Albert Museum print collection.

1956   One-man show "Oil, Tempera and Encaustic-wax Paintings" at Parsons Gallery.

1957   Drawing exhibitions at Sunderland Art Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery.

1965   One-man show of forty-five "Recent Oil and Tempera Colour Paintings" at Sunderland Art Gallery.  As noted by the director, 21,714 visitors attended the show that ran from August-September.

1975   Dies at age 95.