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Robert Weir Allan RSW RWS RBC (1851-1942)

Robert Weir Allan, RSW VPRWS RBC ROI NEAC (1851-1942)

As a painter of oils and watercolours, particularly of landscapes, Robert Weir Allen developed a relaxed handling and an atmospheric treatment of motifs.

Robert Weir Allan was born in Glasgow on 11 November 1851, the fourth of five children of David Allan, co-founder of the firm of engravers, lithographers and draughtsmen, Allan and Ferguson, and his wife, Catherine (née Glassford). He grew up at 11 Clarendon Place, 263 New City Road, Mary Hill, Milton, Glasgow, and was educated in the city, while probably receiving his early lessons in art from his father. He first exhibited at the Glasgow Institute in 1873 and in London, at the Society of British Artists, in 1874. He would exhibit regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Between 1875 and 1880, Allan studied in Paris, at both the Académie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, under Alexandre Cabanel. In 1878, he was joined by Arthur Melville, and together they absorbed the influence of the Impressionists.

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