Robin Wallace was born in Kendal, Lake District, in 1897. After serving in the First World War, he went to study art at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art,in London, where, because of the excellent progress he made, his scholarship was renewed annually until 1926. During this time he regularly visited The Lake District, and whilst there, produced several landscapes featuring Cumbrian scenes which he showed at the Royal Academy. He went on to be a regular exhibitor here, until 1940.
When the Second World War started, he left London and moved to a cottage in the village of Kern, Ross-on-Wye where he concentrated on working the land around his home, only painting in his spare time. Towards the end of the war, he moved back to London to take up the post of part-time teacher at the Channing School. He resumed exhibiting at the RA from 1946. In 1952, he agreed to hold a one-man show at Colnaghis, but the mental and physical strain of preparing for this seems to have seriously undermined his health and he died a few months later, in London.
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