Robert Brydall was a landscape and figurative painter, watercolourist and art historian.
Brydall, who painted continental scenes as well as Scottish landscapes, studied at Glasgow School of Art under Charles Heath Wilson. He later became a member of staff there. He made frequent trips to Italy and Switzerland. He was an active exhibitor between 1866 and 1907, showing in London at the Royal Academy, as well as at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours and Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. In 1889 he published Art in Scotland: Its Origins and Progress. He was among those Glasgow painters who in 1891 appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy JW's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326).
Brydall, Robert, Art in Scotland: Its Origins and Progress, Edinburgh and London, 1889; Johnson, J. and A. Greutzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; McEwan, Peter J. M., Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture Woodbridge, 1994.