Robert Crozier 1878-91

Robert Crozier (1815-1891)

MAFA President 1878-1891

Robert Crozier was a portrait artist, based in Manchester, and helped to found the Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

He was born in 1815 in Blackburn, Lancashire, where his father, George Crozier, worked as a saddler and botanist. After a childhood in Blackburn, Bolton and Warrington, he moved to Manchester in 1836. He attended the Manchester School of Design and became established as a portrait painter studying under William Bradley. He exhibited at the Royal Manchester Institution in 1841, and the Royal Academy in 1854.

After the success of an exhibition at the Langworthy Gallery, Peel Park, Salford, in 1857 Crozier and other local artists established the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. Crozier was elected literary secretary of the Academy in 1861, becoming treasurer in 1868, and president in 1878. His son George was also an artist but he painted landscapes. Have a look at some of Crozier’s artwork.