Robert Crozier (artist)
Robert Crozier was born on 17 October 1815 in Blackburn, Lancashire. His father was George Crozier, a saddler and botanist. After a childhood in Blackburn, Bolton and Warrington, he moved to Manchester in 1836 where he attended the Manchester School of Design, and became established as a portrait painter studying under William Bradley (1801–1857). He exhibited at the Royal Manchester Institution in 1841, and the Royal Academy in 1854.
After the success of an 1857 exhibition at Peel Park, Salford, Crozier and other local artists established the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1859. Crozier was literary secretary of the Academy, becoming treasurer in 1868, and president in 1878.
Crozier died in Manchester on 7 February 1891. His son George Crozier (1846–1915) was a landscape painter.
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