LEWIS, Robert Stanley

1874 - 1960

Robert Stanley Lewis

Robert Stanley Lewis was born at Plympton, Devon on 7 July 1874, eldest child of Robert Lewis (1843-14 August 1923), a Baptist minister, and his wife Anna Louisa née Davey (1848-27 October 1933), who married at Plympton in 1873. In 1881, young Robert was a 6-year-old, living at 135 Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale with his parents, 38-year-old Robert and 32-year-old Anna, with his three siblings, Lilian 4, Arnold 2 and newly born Kenneth, all born at Rochdale. In 1891, a 16-year-old machine maker's apprentice, living with his parents, then at 12 Croxteth Grove, Toxteth Park, Lancashire and, after finishing his apprenticeship, he came to Ipswich where he took lodgings at Wolsey House, Wolsey Street. Known as 'Bob' Lewis he worked for Ipswich engineers Ransomes & Rapier for over fifty years, being Chief Engineer 1930-1940 and then a director of the company until 1950 and as R. Stanley Lewis was the author of the company history 'Eighty Years of Enterprise 1869-1949' and during his time with Ransome's was an innovator, his inventions included what was then believed to be the world's smallest electric motor, no larger than 2 cubic millimetres. He married at Ipswich in 1904, Edith May Moss (1884-1943) and in 1911, a 36-year-old engineer's draughtsman, living at 126 Constable Road, Ipswich with his 27-year-old wife Edith and in 1921 were living at 10 Constitution Hill, Ipswich. In 1939, Bob Lewis was lodging at 3 Stradbroke Road, Ipswich. Bob was a painter in oils and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1946-1959, exhibiting from 31 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich in 1951, 'Discovery, from the Dome of St Paul's', in 1952 'Tooltopia', in 1953 'This is London', in 1954 'The Microbe Hunters' and 'The Little Museum', in 1955 'The Spillway' in 1956 'The Lily Pond', in 1958 'The Splash, Kersey' and his last exhibit was in 1959 'Look Pleasant Please' and a plastic figure 'Paradox'. He married secondly in the Deben district of Suffolk in 1954, Edna W. Hales and Robert Stanley Lewis was of 31 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich when he died at the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital on 20 April 1960, aged 85.

Works by This Artist