ROBINS, William Palmer

1882 - 1959

William Palmer Robins

William Palmer Robins, was born in Southwark, London on 21 July 1882, eldest son and second child of William Benjamin Robins (1858-1914), an art teacher, and his wife Annie née Palmer (1857-1939), an elementary teacher, 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 Caroline 10, Arthur 6, John Marshall 3 and Ernest Dicye 1, all born in London. As a child William 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, later moving to Knebworth, Hertfordshire as 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. Landscape painter, lithographer and etcher also an essayist and book illustrator, and a member of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers also a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers. 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 married secondly at Brentford in 1919, Miriam Gladys Matthews, his late wife's younger sister, and went on to have further children. His last child was born in 1937, Jenepher, 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 1908-14 June 2005), a portrait artist, and his widowed mother Annie, who died later that year. He was of 3 St Oswalds Studio, Sedlescombe Road, London SW.6, when he died at 16 Fitzroy Square, London W.1, on 14 July 1959.




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