Muralist and American impressionist Painter, Robert Lewis Reid was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During the 1880’s, Reid studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He also taught classes at the Arts Students League and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan, New York. Like many American art students, he traveled overseas to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. Influenced by artists Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre while studying there Reid began his career as a portrait painter.
By 1889, Robert Lewis Reid settled permanently in New York City working on his portraits and continuing to teach. He became best known for painting large murals and stained glass design. In 1893, he participated in the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, painting a mural in the dome of the Liberal Arts Building. Reid had also become a member of the “The Ten”, group of American Impressionist painters who exhibited from 1898 to 1919. He was also a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1906.
Throughout his lifetime he continued with many large projects in the state of New York. Reid’s “The Martyrdom of St. Paul” is now located at the southwestern end of the nave of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. His work also appears in the Congressional Library, Washington, D.C., The Detroit Institute of Arts and his stained glass adorns the windows of the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven, MA
Robert Lewis Reid passed away in Clifton Springs, New York in 1929.