Robert Crozier (artist)

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Robert Crozier

Robert Crozier (1815–1891) was an English portrait artist, based in Manchester. He was a president of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts which he helped to found.

Robert Crozier was born on 17 October 1815 in Blackburn, Lancashire. His father was George Crozier, a saddler and botanist.[1][2] After a childhood in Blackburn, Bolton and Warrington, he moved to Manchester in 1836, attending the Manchester School of Design from its opening in 1838[3], 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.[1]

After the success of an 1857 exhibition at the Langworthy Gallery, Peel Park, Salford, Crozier and other local artists established the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1859. Crozier was elected literary secretary of the Academy in 1861[3], becoming treasurer in 1868, and president in 1878.[1]

Crozier died at his home at Sydney Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester on 7 February 1891[3]. His son George Crozier (1846–1915) was a landscape painter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Robert Crozier Collection", The University of Manchester Library website, accessed 28 September 2017
  2. ^ Hewitt, Martin, "Robert Crozier (1815–1891)", Biographical Dictionary of Victorian Manchester website, accessed 4 October 2009
  3. ^ a b c "The Late Mr Robert Crozier". Manchester Faces and Places. II (6): 85–88. 10 March 1891.