Robert Timmis (1886-1960)
While Robert Timmis produced a range of paintings, including landscapes, portraits and still lifes, he is best remembered for his ambitious figure subjects of everyday Liverpool life.
Robert Timmis was born in Leek, Staffordshire, in the summer of 1886, probably the youngest of nine children of the farmer, Richard Timmis, and his wife, Harriet (née Deaville). He was educated at the Earl of Macclesfield’s Grammar School, and then studied at the Allan Fraser Art College, Hospitalfield, Arbroath. Possibly early in his career, he produced a mural decoration for the Nicholson Institute, Leek.
In 1913, Timmis took up a teaching position at Liverpool School of Art. However, his work there was soon interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, in which he served first in the Royal Field Artillery and later the Labour Corps. Returning to Liverpool, he would continue to teach at the school of art until 1950, while exhibiting paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London (1929-31, 1936, 1956), and more frequently at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and elsewhere in Lancashire. For many years, he lived at 92 Archerfield Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool.