Robert Weir ALLAN

Robert Weir ALLAN ARWS

Born in Glasgow, the son of a publisher, he first studied art in that city before working in Paris at Julian's Atelier (1875-81) and under Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He settled back in Glasgow (1881) while continuing to travel widely, painting what he saw around him and specializing in landscapes.

Preferring sea-side places, he spent time painting in St Ives, Cornwall. Charles St John praised a painting of his in The New Age (Vol 4, pp 288), saying 'R W Allan's The Wild North Sea is a rich sympathetic picture of grey rough weather.'


Landscape and seascapes in plein-air style; marine painter, lithographer

works and access

Works include: The Ebbing Tide; Autumn Evening; Boulter's Lock on the Thames; The Acropolis; Lahore; Sorting the Catch, St Ives (Col pl: Tovey 2008 St Ives Art Pre-1890 p65); The Wild North Sea

Access to works: Glasgow; Hull; Leeds; Liverpool; Manchester; RWS; V&A; Sydney, Australia


SS (4); OW (94); NW (13); GG (8); IPO; L; M; N; NG (7)

GI 1873

PS (48) 1878-1939

RA (44)



NEAC (Founder Member); RWS; RSA; RSW; IPO

misc further info





Cross (1994) The Shining Sands;

Melissa Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p311)

Martin Hardie Vol III (plate 229)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Mallett's Index; 



Tovey (2008) St Ives Art Pre-1890 (Col pl p65)

Whybrow (1994) St Ives

Wood (1995) Victorian Artists;


Studio XXIII, No 102, Sept 1901 (with photo portrait of the artist)