Robert Gillmor


May 23, 2022

Robert Gillmor was a British ornithologist, artist, illustrator, author and publisher born July 6, 1936 in Reading and died May 8, 2022. He is a founding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). He received the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal in 2003 and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2015.



Robert Gillmor studied at Leighton Park School and then at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Reading. He was only 16 when his illustrations were published in the monthly British Birds. While a student, he illustrated his first book, A Study of Blackbirds. He then taught arts and crafts at his old school, Leighton Park, then embarked on a freelance career as a wildlife artist in 1965.


Robert Gillmor is an artist who uses various techniques: watercolour, drawing, linocut and screen printing. He has collaborated on more than a hundred books. Robert Gillmor's installation at Cley next the Sea, in the county of Norfolk, in 1998 had the effect of renewing his inspiration. He regains a taste for linocuts, which had been abandoned for a while. A keen ornithologist, he sits on the board of three national organisations: RSPB, British Ornithologists' Union and British Trust for Ornithology. He is the author of the first version of the RSPB logo, representing an avocet. He has illustrated the covers of the annual reports of the Berkshire Ornithological Club (formerly Reading Ornithological Club) since 1950. He is a long-time member and past president of the Reading Guild of Artists. At the request of the Royal Mail, Robert Gillmor produces linocuts for series of postage stamps. After founding the Society of Wildlife Artists with Eric Ennion in the early 1960s, Robert Gillmor became its secretary and then president. In addition to promoting the work of contemporary artists, he was interested in that of artists of the past, whom he endeavored to publicize, notably Charles Tunnicliffe and his own grandfather, Allen W. Seaby (1867–1953), who instilled in him the love of engraving. He publishes three books devoted to Tunnicliffe. Since 1985, Robert Gillmor has illustrated the covers of the New Naturalist collection albums. He succeeds Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Robert Gillmor died on May 8, 2022 at the age of 85.


As author

Robert Gillmor, Cutting Away: the linocuts of Robert Gillmor, Peterborough, 2006 (ISBN 978-1-904078-14-2, read online). Robert Gillmor, Birds, Blocks and Stamps: Post & Go Birds of Britain, Reading, Two Rivers Press, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-901677-79-9, read online) Robert Gillmor, Robert Gilmor's Norfolk Bird Sketches, 2014.

As an editor

Charles Tunnicliffe, Sketches of Bird Life, Gollancz, 1981 (ISBN 0-575-03036-4).

As an art editor

The Birds of the Western Palaearctic, nine volumes, 1977–1994. Birds of Berkshire, 1996.

As an illustrator

Notes and References

(en) This article is partly or entirely taken from the Wikipedia article in English entitled "Robert Gillmor" (see the list of authors).

External links

Fine art resources: Royal Academy of Arts (de + en) Artists of the World Online Literature resource: Internet Speculative Fiction Database Music Resource: Discogs Examples of works on the SWLA website Ornithology portal Engraving and printmaking portal Zoology and botany history portal