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Sir Robin Philipson, R.A., P.R.S.A., R.S.W. (1916-1992)
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's… Read more PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE LEONARD AND ROXANNE ROSOMANChristie’s are delighted to be offering the following seven lots from the private collection of Leonard and Roxanne Rosoman. This group of pictures, collected over a number of years by the artist Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012) and his wife Roxanne (1937-2018), is testament to their friendship and support for Leonard’s fellow painters.Leonard Rosoman exhibited extensively, and his work hangs in national collections including the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum. He recorded his experiences during the War in a number of stunning and vibrant oils, including A House Collapsing on Two Firemen, Shoe Lane, 1940 (Imperial War Museum) and Bomb Falling into Water, 1942 (Tate). In 1943, his pictures caught the attention of Sir Kenneth Clark, and he was appointed the role of Official War Artist to the Admiralty.After the War, Leonard took up a teaching post at Camberwell School of Art, followed by Edinburgh College of Art, where he worked alongside Sir Robin Philipson, then a lecturer at the college. He began teaching at the Royal College of Art in 1957, together with the Head of Painting Carel Weight, who became a good friend and who helped him to find his Kensington studio where he worked for the rest of his life. At the RCA, Leonard taught a new generation of artists including Peter Blake and David Hockney: of the latter he observed, ‘If anybody ever had something written on his forehead, he had’. Leonard Rosoman became known for his large-scale works, including his mural for the 1951 Festival of Britain, The Drag Ball paintings from A Patriot for Me exhibition of 1968, and the vaulted ceiling in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private chapel at Lambeth Palace, painted in 1988. Leonard also painted his celebrated mural, Upstairs and Downstairs (1986), for the Royal Academy’s restaurant. Elected to the Royal Academy in 1960, Leonard’s mural is a lasting memorial to his work and position at the Royal Academy. Works by his fellow Royal Academicians feature in this collection, including Dame Elisabeth Frink, Carel Weight, Anthony Green, Josef Herman and Sir Robin Philipson.The sale of the Rosomans’ pictures by Leonard’s contemporaries will continue with two Keith Vaughan pictures, to be offered in the Modern British Art Day Sale on 18 June 2019. Further pieces from the collection will be included in the Jewellery, Impressionist and Modern Art and Interiors Sales in 2019.
Sir Robin Philipson, R.A., P.R.S.A., R.S.W. (1916-1992)


Sir Robin Philipson, R.A., P.R.S.A., R.S.W. (1916-1992)
signed 'Robin Philipson.' (on the reverse), signed again 'Robin Philipson' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm.)
Acquired directly from the artist by Leonard and Roxanne Rosoman.
Exhibition catalogue, Summer Exhibition Illustrated, London, Royal Academy, 1993, p. 50, no. 63, illustrated.
London, Royal Academy, 1993, no. 63.
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