|Robert Wakeham Pilot|
9 October 1898|
St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
17 December 1967 69) (aged|
Montreal General Hospital, Canada
|Alma mater||Académie Julian|
Pilot was born on 9 October 1898, at St John's, Newfoundland, to Edward Frederick Pilot and his wife Barbara (née Merchant). In 1910, his widowed mother married the artist, Maurice Cullen, moving into Cullen's home in Montreal. As a child, Pilot assisted Cullen in his studio, and the two would take sketching trips together. He later studied in Montreal under William Brymner, then, in March 1916, joined the army. He served as a gunner on trench mortars in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Fifth Division Artillery, during World War I. From 1920-1922, he studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1922, he exhibited at the Paris Salon. His work took on Impressionist influences after he visited the artists' colony at Concarneau.
On returning to Canada, he was elected as an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1925, serving as the Adcademy's president from 1952-1954.
He re-enlisted in 1941, during World War II, serving as a Captain in The Black Watch, and was mentioned in dispatches while in Italy, which resulted in him being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1944. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal in 1953.
Pilot died at Montreal General Hospital on 17 December 1967, and was survived by his wife Patricia (née Dawes) and son, Wakeham. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1969.
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- "Artist/Maker Name "Pilot, Robert W. (Robert Wakeham)"". Canadian Heritage Information Network. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Robert Pilot R.C.A.". Masters Gallery Ltd. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Robert Wakeham Pilot". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
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- "Robert Pilot". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- Klinkhoff gallery page (shows several of Pilot's works)
A. J. Casson
|President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts|| Succeeded by|