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