Rev Robert NIXON 
- Born: Mar 1758
- Marriage (1): Ann RUSSELL  on 31 Jan 1799 in Foots Cray KEN
- Died: 5 Oct 1837, Kenmuir Castle Galloway SCT aged 79
Robert was admitted Christchurch College, Oxford 15 Nov 1776;
BA, 1780, M.A. 1783: B.D. 1790: curate of All Saints church, Foots Cray, Kent 1781 - 1804: Amateur artist exhibited Royal Academy and Society of Artists 1794- 1818: instigated launch of William Turner's career with help of Stephen Rigaud: elected as Fellow of Royal Society in 1801.
Robert used to go "into town" to have his hair cut at a barber shop owned by a Mr William Turner, barber and wig maker at 21 Maiden Lane which runs parallel with the Strand. It was on one of Robert's visits to his barber, in 1789, that he noticed and was very struck with some water-colour paintings on the shop wall. And on enquiring with Mr Turner he established that the works of art were done by the barber's son, William, who, at that time was about 14 years old. Robert persuaded Mr Turner to permit him to introduce young William to a friend of his, Mr John. F. Rigaud, a recognised professional artist and a member of the Royal Academy. This was agreed and that introduction was the start of William Turner's controversial career to becoming Englands pre-eminent landscape painter. According to the Dictionary of National Biography the first known oil painting that Turner completed was of the Foots Cray parsonage. In the spring of 1798 young William Turner unexpectedly arrived at the parsonage when (also young) Stephen F Rigaud was staying there, and the three of them went on a 3 day walk together - from Foots Cray to Aylesford and back, a distance of about 50 miles.
Robert was a trustee for Turner, who for all his genius was a somewhat unattractive figure.
Ref: Extracts from various books on Turner's life
Robert is thought to have moved to North Cray early in the 19thC. In Feb 1815 he wrote to the Bishop of London seeking a London curacy, he mentions he is now living in London "partly with the view of superintending the education of my children at Merchant Taylors School".
For many years institutions, historians and genealogists have believed, based on Farington's Diary, that James Nixon  the miniaturist, was the half brother of John Colley Nixon and Rev Robert Nixon, two sons of Robert & Lucretia Nixon.
A close study of the Diary and the families by Stephen Massil reveals James had a sister Susanna Nixon who married Sir James-Nassau Colleton 3 Dec 1778 whose father was William Nixon of Leicester.
He finds no evidence in the Diary of James being the son of Robert Nixon, and concludes his father was William.
Furthermore one of James Nixon's portraits of 1793 is of a 'Miss Colleton', who Massil suggests was Susanna Boone Colleton (1787-1816) James Nixon's niece.
Ref: https://books.google.co.nz/books?id=DUcRAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA101&lpg=PA101&dq=Sir+James-Nassau+Colleton&source=bl&ots=mWacZEBVNZ&sig=MBNnn7V7dXXnADou2Ry8u_von00&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hAivVKyaG8Ln8AXSsYGwAg&ved=0CDcQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Sir%20James-Nassau%20Colleton&f=false <https://books.google.co.nz/books?id=DUcRAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA101&lpg=PA101&dq=Sir+James-Nassau+Colleton&source=bl&ots=mWacZEBVNZ&sig=MBNnn7V7dXXnADou2Ry8u_von00&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hAivVKyaG8Ln8AXSsYGwAg&ved=0CDcQ6AEwCA>
Should you wish to discuss this proposition further, or have an interest in the Nixon families please contact Stephen Massil on email@example.com
Robert married Ann RUSSELL  [MRIN: 3365], daughter of George RUSSELL  and Susannah WYATT , on 31 Jan 1799 in Foots Cray KEN. (Ann RUSSELL  was born on 17 May 1766 and died on 5 Aug 1808.)