Artist biography

Robert Anning BELL 1863–1933

Figure painter, sculptor of reliefs, illustrator and designer of mosaics and stained glass. Born 14 April 1863 in London. Articled to an architect; studied at the R.A. Schools in 1881 and at the Westminster School of Art; worked in Paris under Aimé Morot and in London with (Sir) George Frampton; then visited Italy. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1885; A.R.A. 1914, R.A. 1922. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1892–1902; A.R.W.S. 1901; member of the International Society 1904–21; also member of the Art Workers' Guild (Master in 1921) and the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. Taught at Liverpool University from 1894 and Glasgow School of Art from 1911; Professor of Design at the R.C.A. 1918–24. Designed mosaics for Westminster Cathedral. Died 27 November 1933 in London. Memorial exhibition at the Fine Art Society 1934.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I