Artist: Robert Sivell

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First came to Kirkcudbright in 1920s and married local girl, Isobel Sayers. After his retiral in 1954 lived in The Hollow at the Stell. Exhibited portrait of Miss Molly Sayers at Royal Scottish Academy, 1918.


Glasgow School of Art, where he gained the Guthrie and Torrance awards; Paris; Florence

Professional Bodies:

ARSA, 1936; RSA, 1943

Exhibited At:

Royal Academy(1); Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Aberdeen Artists’ Society; Liverpool


Archibald McGlashan and James Cowie


Robert Sivell and the Renaissance: the sublime or the ridiculous?, Duncan Comrie, MA Dissertation in History of Art, University of Aberdeen, 1994. (Copy in Stewartry Museum file). Report on memorial exhibition at Harbour Cottage Gallery in Galloway News, 9 September 1960. Stewartry Museum file has copies of letters from a number of Sivell’s contemporaries. Sivell’s The Provost of Kirkcudbright is illustrated in Outlook, Volume 1, No 3, June 1936, p39. Tales of the Kirkcudbright Artists, Haig Gordon, Kirkcudbright, 2006

Image, photograph of the artist courtesy of Aberdeen Art Gallery


Reference to portrait of Hamish Paterson exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy 1935 (SNPG file). His portrait of Phylis Bone is in the Gracefield, Art Centre collection, Dumfries. His Senorita, a portrait of Nancy Maria Bonilla, later Mrs Hunter, a neighbour of the artist in Kirkcudbright, is in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Founder member of the Glasgow Society of Painters and Sculptors with James Cowie and Archibald McGlashan. Head of drawing and painting at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, 1936-1954. Mural in students union, Aberdeen. Commissioned by War Artists Advisory Committee in WW 2.

Out from Brighouse Bay on a Grey Day at McGill Duncan December 2004.