Robert was educated at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor and at Felsted. He won a scholarship to study at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Robert became one of the most distinguished British marine painters of his time, noted for his depiction of the great days of sail.
In 1940, Robert joined The Royal Navy, In 1942 his ship took part in the Relief of Malta. In 1949 he returned to civilian life and completed his studies at Edinburgh.
Robert became good friends with Frank Wootton who introduced him to Malcolm Henderson. A major American exhibition at the Atlantic Gallery in Washington U.S.A followed.