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Brian Robins (1928-1988), Artist and playwright; Coffee house proprietor

Sitter in 14 portraits
Artist of 3 portraits
Welsh-born Robins left school aged fourteen. He met Ida Kar and Victor Musgrave in the early 1950s, when he was working as the last lamplighter in London. Robins was self-taught as a sculptor and his work was exhibited at Gallery One in 1954. A year later he photographed Kar with his carved wooden portrait of her. Robins became noted for his kinetic sculptures shown in a solo exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery (1966).

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Ida Kar

by Brian Robins
quarter-plate glass negative, 1955
NPG x88606

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Ida Kar

by Brian Robins
quarter-plate glass negative, 1955
NPG x88607

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Ida Kar

by Brian Robins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1962
NPG x134034