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Robin Ironside



Born in London in 1912, Robin Ironside was a self-taught painter of Surrealist fantasies, a designer for the theatre and writer on art. After study at the Courtauld Institute of Art and also abroad, he became Assistant Keeper at the Tate Gallery (1937-1946) and Assistant Secretary for the Contemporary Art Society (1938-1945). He exhibited in London at the Redfern Gallery with his brother Christopher in 1944, and had an initial solo exhibition in New York at Durlacher Brothers in 1952. His work can be seen at the Tate Gallery and Leicester City Art Gallery. He collaborated with his brother in painting and applied art, and in theatrical décor for productions including Sylvia for the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (1952) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Edinburgh Festival (1957). His many writings included Painting Since 1939. He died in 1965.