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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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Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131129

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
toned vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x131129

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131131

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x131131

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x133219

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print on card mount, early 1950s
NPG x133219

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x134082

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1950s
NPG x134082

Brian Robins, by Howard Coster - NPG x2178

Brian Robins

by Howard Coster
glossy bromide print, 1954
NPG x2178

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131130

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
toned vintage bromide print, circa 1955
NPG x131130

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131132

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print on card, 1959
NPG x131132

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