DUNLOP, Ronald Ossory

1894 - 1973

Self Portrait

Ronald Ossory Dunlop was born in Dublin, Ireland on 28 June 1894, an only son of the three children of Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868–30 May 1935), a Scottish entrepreneur, and his wife Eleanor née Fitzpatrick (1862-1932), who married at Dublin in 1891, Eleanor was a watercolour artist. 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 'Ash Dale', Warwick Drive, Hale, Cheshire with his parents, 42-year-old Daniel, an electrical engineer with Westinghouse, and 46-year-old Eleanor, with two sister siblings, Edith 19 and Aileen 10. Rod 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 in 1923 he founded the Emotionist Group of writers and artists who, in 1928, published a journal 'Emotionalism'. Rod was an author and painter in oil of landscapes, seascapes, figure studies, portraits and still life, and 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 British Artists; the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and elsewhere. In 1931 he joined the 'London Group of Artists and was 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 1930s and early part of the Second World War, 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 including in 1937 'Walberswick Lifeboat' which was purchased by the Royal Academy. In 1939, artist assistant at The Royal Academy, living at 45a [27] High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey and had living with him the actress Rosalind Arnhilda Iden (29 July 1909-5 November 1990), future wife of Sir Donald Wolfit (1902-1968). Rod married firstly at Kingston, Surrey in 1914, Flora Durrant Pascall (25 November 1884-29 October 1945) and secondly at Chichester in 1946, Hilda Mary Allen (17 July 1920-3 March 2005) and had issue. Ronald Ossory Dunlop latterly lived at Old Mill Cottage, Yapton Road, Barnham, West Sussex, close to Chichester, where he died on 18 May 1973.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Old Mill Cottage, Barnham, Sussex
1950 26 Arun at Pulborough
         86 Myself with Cadger's Pipe
         112 Bosham
         283 Harbour Bar, Littlehampton
         288 Flood Water, Pulborough
         304 Itchenor

Works by This Artist