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Milein Cosman

(1921-2017), Artist

Artist of 19 portraits
Brought up in Düsseldorf, Cosman moved to London in 1939 and studied drawing and printmaking at the Slade. After the War she began freelance drawing for newspapers and magazines, specialising in figures from the world of music and dance. She was also a prolific book illustrator and made a series of school programmes on drawing for ITV in the late 1950s. Cosman was married to the musician and broadcaster Hans Keller, with whom she often collaborated. In 1996, Sir Ernst Gombrich commented: 'Posterity will be grateful to Milein Cosman above all for the sureness of her eye, with which she has succeeded in capturing the unique quality of so many of our distinguished contemporaries.'

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Berthold Viertel, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7094

Berthold Viertel

by Milein Cosman
conté crayon, circa 1949
NPG 7094

Elias Canetti, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7089

Elias Canetti

by Milein Cosman
ink, circa 1959
NPG 7089

Jean Cocteau, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7090

Jean Cocteau

by Milein Cosman
ink, circa 1959
NPG 7090

Elisabeth Frink, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7091

Elisabeth Frink

by Milein Cosman
ink and wash, circa 1968
NPG 7091

Patrick Reyntiens, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7095

Patrick Reyntiens

by Milein Cosman
ink, circa 1968
NPG 7095

Willi Soukop, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7096

Willi Soukop

by Milein Cosman
ink and wash, circa 1968
NPG 7096

Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7093

Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich

by Milein Cosman
ink, early 1970s
NPG 7093

Hans Keller, by Milein Cosman - NPG 6600

Hans Keller

by Milein Cosman
etching, 1971
NPG 6600

Harold Jones, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7099

Harold Jones

by Milein Cosman
etching, 1977
NPG 7099

Barbara Hepworth, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7097

Barbara Hepworth

by Milein Cosman
drypoint, 1980s
NPG 7097

Arthur Rubinstein, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7098

Arthur Rubinstein

by Milein Cosman
etching, circa 1980
NPG 7098

Ida Haendel, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7100

Ida Haendel

by Milein Cosman
etching, circa 1980
NPG 7100

Imogen Clare Holst, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7101

Imogen Clare Holst

by Milein Cosman
drypoint, 1980s
NPG 7101

Mstislav Rostropovich, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7102

Mstislav Rostropovich

by Milein Cosman
etching, circa 1980
NPG 7102

Leonard Schapiro, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7092

Leonard Schapiro

by Milein Cosman
ink, 1983
NPG 7092

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt, by Milein Cosman - NPG D31568

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Milein Cosman
etching, late 1950s
NPG D31568

John Andrew Howard Ogdon, by Milein Cosman - NPG D18548

John Andrew Howard Ogdon

by Milein Cosman
pen and ink, 1960s
NPG D18548

Imogen Clare Holst, by Milein Cosman - NPG D18547

Imogen Clare Holst

by Milein Cosman
etching, 1981
NPG D18547

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