JOHNSTON Robert Edwin.
Born in Toronto in 1885, he studied drawing under William Cruickshank and at age 19 years was involved in commercial design and magazine illustration. For the next 5 years he studied in London England where he was principally involved in advertising work. About 1912 he returned to Canada and joined the art staff at Saturday Night. He is known to have illustrated at least three books two by Peter Donovan who was a columnist at Saturday Night and one by Norris Hodgins. In addition to his oil paintings he painted a mural celebrating Walt Whitman for the Walt Whitman Hotel in Camden New Jersey U.S.A.
He died in 1933.
BOOK TEXT COLLECTION:
Cover & Content:
Treasures In The Attic: The Marry Drawings Of Robert E. Johnston. Ed., Warren Clements. Writ., Peter Donovan & Will Cuppy. Nestlings Press, 2018.
Treasures In The Attic: The Marry Drawings Of Robert E. Johnston. Nestlings Press, 2018: “Forward.” Writ., Warren Clements: 9-10.
Canadian Bookman, Jan. 1919: “Some Canadian Illustrators. “Writ., St. George Burgoyne: 24.
Taken from Treasures In The Attic, 2018: Front cover. Drawing by R. E. Johnston. Colours by Alan King,