(Geoffrey) Robert Russell (1902-1984) was a well-known painter, mainly in oils, of landscapes, figure subjects and portraits. He was born in Hayes, Kent and studied at St. John's Wood Art School; then at Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes, Meninsky and Schwabe, and later under Walter Sickert in 1927. Robert Russell exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club from 1926, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the Royal West of England Academy where he is represented in their permanent collection. Russell broadcast regularly on art subjects notably the series Famous Artists and the West Country, 1956-65. After leaving London he settled in Devon in the 1930s and lived in Weymouth in Dorset in the 1950s and later nearby in Swanage. Robert Russell painted widely in Europe, including in the old Soviet Union.