Edwin Roscoe Mullins
Born 22 August 1848
Died 9 January 1907 (Circa)
Active: 1873 - 1906
Country of birth and death: England
Born at 1 Great James Street, Bedford Row, Holborn, London. He was the son of Edward Mullins (born c.1808 in Box, Wiltshire), a solicitor and notary public. Died in 1907 at Shirley, Walberswick, Suffolk. Mullins studied at Lambeth School of Art, the Royal Academy Schools, and in the workshop of John Birnie Philip. Between 1866 and 1874 he studied under Professor Wagmüller at Munich, where he shared a studio with Edward Onslow Ford. Mullins was awarded a silver medal at Munich and a bronze medal at Vienna for a group entitled 'Sympathy' exhibited in 1872. He suffered from poor health in the last decade or so of his life which limited his ability to work.
Wealth at death: £13,194 8s. 4d.
Probate date: 9 March 1907
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Boy with Top
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Yorkshire Fine Art Society, The First Spring Exhibition, 1880
Exhibited at Yorkshire Fine Art Society, Autumn Exhibition, 1880
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1897
Exhibited at Corporation of Manchester Art Gallery, Eleventh Autumn Exhibition, 1893
Exhibited at Royal Manchester Institution, Exhibition of the Works of Modern Artists, 1878
Exhibited at Corporation of Manchester Art Gallery, Sixteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1898
Exhibited at Corporation of Manchester Art Gallery, Fourteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1896
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1873 - 1905
Exhibited 26 times, an average of 1 to 2 works per year (total fluctuated from 1 to 5).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures: the eighth (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1878
Wounded paw (cat. no. 1055, £157 10s.).
Exhibited at Liverpool autumn exhibition of modern pictures: the ninth (Liverpool), 1879
Revd J. Martinean, LLD (cat. no. 1322, terracotta, not for sale); Sly Puss (cat. no. 1341, £8 8s.); Wonderland (cat. no. 1343, terracotta, £8 8s.).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the twenty-first (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1891
Love's Token (cat. no. 1242, marble statuette, sketch p. 114, £157 10s.); Robin Goodfellow (cat. no. 1245, plaster, bronzed, 'I am sent with broom before / To sweep the dust behind the door', in bronze £105, or in marble £126).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the twenty-second (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1892
Comus (cat. no. 1323, bronze group, not for sale); To know - to be - to do (cat. no. 1371, terracotta panels, £52 10s.).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the twenty-third (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1893
Cosmus (cat. no. 1323, illustrated on p. 110).
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, 1861-1951
1894 - 1906
Exhibited 3 times (an average of 2 works per show)
Exhibited at International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1901
Exhibited at International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers Exhibition (Nottingham Castle Museum), 1906
Mullins exhibited one sculpture (undated).
Speaker at Flaxman (Art Workers Guild), 1904
Institutional and Business Connections
Member of Art Workers Guild
1884 - 1906
Joined 1884, resigned 1885. Re-joined 1890, committee member 1891-93, resigned 1906.
Member of Royal Society of British Sculptors
1905 - 1907
Amongst those 'Invited to join without the formality of proposal and seconding' [January 10 1905, Royal Society of British Sculptors, Minutes of Council Meetings, Vol.I].
Teacher of modeling at Central School of Arts and Crafts
1896 - June 1905
Listed as a teacher of 'Modelling and Ornament as applied to Architecture and the allied crafts' and in the school timetable as 'Modelling' teaching.
Unsuccessful in ballot for election to Royal Academy of Arts
Personal and Professional Connections
Nominated by Walter William Ouless
27 March 1888
For RA; uunsuccessful.
Seconded by Henry Hugh Armstead
27 March 1888
For RA; unsuccessful.
Student of Michael Wagmuller
Mullins studied with Wagmuller in Munich
Studio assistant to John Birnie Philip
Taught Cecil Walter Thomas
Thomas studied under Mullins: see Forrer, vol. 6, (1916), p. 69, no dates are given.
Descriptions of Practice
Listed under Sculptors Post Office London Directory, 1900 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1885-1900
1895, p.22; 1896, p.6.
Catalogue of the Eleventh Autumn Exhibition, 1893
Cat. Nos. 788, 798, 801, pp. 62, 63, 75
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the Works of Modern Artists, City of Manchester Art Gallery, 1878
Cat. Nos. 1046, 1057, pp. 87, 88, 104
Catalogue of the First Spring Exhibition 1880
Cat. Nos. 748, 763, pp. 65, 66
Catalogue of the Fourteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1896
Cat. Nos. 343, 346, pp. 34, 42
Catalogue of the Sixteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1898
Cat. Nos. 229, 233, pp. 27, 34
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1897
Cat. Nos. 784, 790, pp. 74, 104
Prospectus and Time Table, The Central School of Arts and Crafts, 20 December 1896
20 December 1896
Royal Academy of Arts Nominations for Associateship, 1866-1906
See entries for 1888.
Royal Society of British Sculptors. Minutes of Council Meetings No. 1, 1905-1913
19 May 1913
10 January 1905
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 3, L-P. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1991 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
Citing this record
'Edwin Roscoe Mullins', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1208189148, accessed 19 Apr 2015]