Lyon, Robert

(1894 – 1978)

Study of a classical head, with dedication


Signed and dedicated ‘For Ted from Bob’, dated

Pencil, watercolour

9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (24.2 x 26.7 cm)

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate; Private collection

The ‘Ted’ refered to in the dedication is Edward Halliday. Robert Lyon and Edward Halliday were fellow Rome scholars.

Edward Halliday and Robert Lyon

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Lyon, Robert

1894 – 1978

Artist, mural painter and teacher. Born in Liverpool, he studied art at the Royal College of Art and the British School at Rome, 1924. He became lecturer in fine art and master of painting at King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1932. For eight years from 1934 Lyon was tutor to the Ashington Group of spare-time Northumberland miner artists, one of the most remarkable of such groups to emerge in the inter-war years. From 1942-6o Lyon was principal of Edinburgh College of Art. He exhibited RA, RBA, RP and in the provinces. Also painted murals for Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, and King’s College Hospital dental department. Lived at Rushlake Green, Sussex.