1880 Featherstonehaugh Robson, born 5th September, at 2, Bell Terrace, Tyne Green, in Hexham, Northumberland.

1883 The Robson family move to South Shields, Featherstone is already
showing interest in drawing.

1887 Is a pupil at Mowbray Road School, South Shields.


1892/3 He begins his apprenticeship with William English, a Harness, Leather
& Rubber Manufacturer in South Shields. He becomes a pupil of George Horton.

1897 He makes his first trip to London and finds work with Printing & Engraving firms.

1898 He returns to South Shields and resumes his art lessons by attending evening classes,
at Westoe Road Higher Grade Science & Art School as a pupil under Mr. J. Heys.

1900 His work impresses his teachers and he is offered an Assistant Teacher post at the school.

1905 Exhibits 2 paintings at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.

1906 Sets off for London again. Becomes a pupil of Brangwyn. Goes on painting trip to Europe.

1909 Robson’s father dies and he returns to South Shields.

1910 Went to Vancouver, Canada with his fiancé Maud, his sister Edith and her fiancé Jack Woolgar and her brother Walter who was to be best man.

1911 Featherstone and Maud get married in Vancouver, Canada.

1912 Featherstone and his wife spend some time in Seattle, Chicago and New York. He exhibits in these places during his stay.

1913 The Robsons return to South Shields for the birth of their child. Daughter Jeanne is born 19th July.

1914 His sister Edith dies shortly after giving birth and Jack Woolgar returns to South Shields, England. Featherstone and his family are living in Chicago and then decide to return home to England.

1915 He returns to England with his wife and daughter. He works for various engraving and printing firms.

1916 He is commissioned to work for John Swaine & Son, London.

1918 He exhibits at the Royal Oil Institute London. He was working for Carl
Hentschel, London. He also works freelance on drawings for Liberty store, London
for their jewellery catalogues.

1922 He is commissioned to work for William Haugh & Sons painting English Cathedrals.

1923 He exhibits at the Royal Academy, London.

1928 He buys his first house and names it ‘Brangwyn’ after his friend
Sir Frank Brangwyn.

1930 He sets off for Toronto, Canada and finds work with the Toronto Star.
He sends for his wife and daughter to follow him.

1931 He exhibits at the Art Gallery of Toronto.

1935 He decides to bring his family back to England. He returns to find work and secures a position with Odhams Press, Watford to commence in 1936. He returns to Canada to finalize his affairs.

1936 He sends his wife and daughter back to England to find a house for when he returns. He finalises affairs in Toronto and makes arrangements to sail home on August 31st. He takes ill and dies in St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto on the 30th August, 1936 (the day before he is due to sail.) He is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.