Robert Forbes Sherar
Robert F Sherar gave lectures to Edinburgh
Photographic Society in the early 1900s.
7 Jan 1903
Perspective illustrated by Photography
See Transactions of EPS, Feb 1903,
pp.66-67 for an account of the Meeting, but not the full
text of the Paper.
8 Jan 1908
Taste, Style and Fashion in Arts
See Transactions of EPS, Feb 1908, pp.43-45.
5 Apr 1911
See Transactions of EPS, May 1911, pp.5-7.
The City of Edinburgh Art Collection includes a
photograph catalogued as being by Robert F Shearer, but presumably by Robert
F Sherar. It is titled:
Thank you to Eric Parker, Edinburgh, for sending
me the image below - a photograph of a painting, oil on panel, by Robert F Sherar of a woman playing a
mandolin on a balcony. It is dated
© Reproduced with
to Eric Parker, Edinburgh
Request for further
I have been contacted by Sam Evans, King's Lynn,
Norfolk, England, who has been
researching the life of Roland Creighton Sherar, son of the artist and
architect Robert Forbes Sherar.
Sam asked several questions below, many of which are
answered in 'Reply 1' below.
web site refers to:
Robert Forbes Sherar, who
gave lectures to Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1903, 1908, 1911.
F Sherar who gave a
lecture to the Practical Photography section of EPS in 1904 titled: 'The
Camera and the Optics of Photography'
Robert Forbes, a
photographer based at Princes Street, George Street then Fettes Row between
1902 and 1912.
Is it likely that these are
all the same man?"
Robert Forbes Sherar
know that Robert Forbes Sherar moved into a commercial premises of his own
very early in the 20th century. It is not one referred to on your site,
but I do wonder if RFS changed from art/architecture to professional
photographer and used Robert Forbes as his trade name"
F Sherar was primarily a landscape painter.
In 1885 he was at 20 Spittal Street, Edinburgh;
in 1890 at Jordanburn House and in 1891 at Belhaven Terrace, addresses which
suggest improved circumstances; in 1898 at 12 Maxwell Street.
In 1903 he had a studio in the Peddie-owned
office block at 122 George Street. In 1907 he entered the Perth City Hall
competition with William Erskine Thomson and they were described as 'of
Perth'; it is unclear whether Sherar had moved to Perth to join
Thomson, or whether they collaborated solely for the competition and
remained in their separate offices, with Sherar in Edinburgh."
of Scottish Architects - SA Architect Biography
Report web site
Sam Evans, King's Lynn, Norfolk, England: July 13, 2006
Thank you to Francis Mansell for sending more
information about his great-grandfather, Robert Forbes Sherar
was Roland Crichton (correct spelling) Sherar. He
died at the end of 1990, aged 101.
was the oldest son of the artist, Robert
Forbes Sherar, and the only one of his 7 children to have any children of
his own, two daughters, the younger of whom, recently deceased, was my
"RF Sherar was, by
profession, a civil engineer and architect. He
was involved in the construction of the original Murrayfield stadium. His
considerable interest in art and photography were as a hobby, though happily
one to which he appears to have devoted a considerable amount of his time."
"Consequently, I very
much doubt that he would have been the same person as
Robert Forbes - hardly a rare name in
Edinburgh, I would have thought.
I'm pretty sure he didn't own a photography
business. On the other hand, F
Sherar could easily be the same person, an
error leaving out his first initial. Sherar
is an Orcadian name. There
are probably not many Sherars in mainland Scotland"
"I can confirm that
Robert Forbes Sherar never lived in Perth; the
family ended up in Ann Street in Edinburgh New
Town, and also lived at some earlier point at Aberlady,
"There are still a
number of his paintings in the family, some having
been redistributed following the recent death of my mother. Many of them
are portraits, a couple being of 'rustic' characters - a bearded man in a
cap and a rather saucy-looking milkmaid. Apparently at the time these were
painted (1880s/1890s?) he was a member of some sort of rustic painting club."
not aware, sadly, of any of his photos being in the possession of any family
members, though I have a fine photo of him, his wife and
their oldest four children."
Francis Mansell: February 25, 2011