Artist: Robert Thorburn

Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Tunbridge Wells
Father of Archibald Thorburn
Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

Born in Dumfries.


Dumfries Academy; Royal Scottish Academy Schools; Royal Academy Schools

Professional Bodies:

ARA 1848, HRSA 1857

Exhibited At:

Royal Academy; Royal Scottish Academy


Father of Archibald Thorburn


Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Peter J M McEwan, Antique Collector’s Club, 1994.


Portrait and miniature painter. According to McEwan (see bibliography) "Educated at Dumfries Academy where he received encouragement from a Dumfries lady with whose help he went to Edinburgh in 1833 to learn drawing at the Royal Scottish Academy Schools under Sir William Allan". Went to London in 1836 where he received patronage from the Duke of Buccleuch and members of the royal family. Although London based, he kept a house in Lasswade and latterly in Kelso. His brother was a successful woodcarver.