Artist: [Sir] Robin J Philipson

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Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

Family moved to Gretna in 1930 when Robin was 14.


Dumfries Academy; Edinburgh College of Art

Professional Bodies:

ARSA 1952;RSW, 1954; RSA,1962; PRSA,1973-83; ARA 1973; RA,1980

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; RSW; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts


W G Gillies, John Maxwell, Oscar Kokoschka


Robin Philipson, M Lindsay, Edinburgh, 1976. Obituary in the Scotsman, 29 May 1992.


Served with KOSB in India in World War 2. Joined staff of Edinburgh College of Art, 1947. Appointed head of Drawing and Painting, 1960, retired 1982. Knighted 1976. Mary and Alick Sturrock can be seen in his painting of Ann Redpath’s flat at 7 London Street (SNPG file).

An early influence was the annual exhibition of the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society.


Image of artist by kind permission of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Sir Robin Philipson, 1916 – 1992 by Jack Firth