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Title Portrait of Carel Weight
Collection fineart.ac.uk
Artist Robin Darwin
Approach Landscapes and portraits
Nationality British
Description Unusually for a Principal of the RCA, Darwin was a talented painter himself, landscape being his favourite subject matter. Here he has painted a portrait of his colleague, the painter Carel Weight.
Cultural Context English
Location Current Site Royal College of Art
Measurements Dimensions 760 x 690 x 20 mm
Material oil on canvas
Biography 1939-44: Worked at Ministry of Home Security.
1945-46: Worked at Council of Industrial Design.
1948-71: Principal of the Royal College of Art.
1964: Received Knighthood.
1974: Died.

While working at the Council of Industrial Design Darwin produced a report, The Training of the Industrial Designer, proposing curriculum changes at the Royal College of Art, which led to his appointment as Principal. He radically changed the RCA to independent university status. Unusually for a Principal of the RCA, Darwin was a talented painter, landscape being his favourite subject-matter.
Biographic Notes Details from: Exhibition Road: Painters at the Royal College of Art, ed Paul Huxley, Phaidon, 1988
Education Studied at Cambridge University.
1929: Studied at Slade School of Art.
Institution Royal College of Art
Rights Owner Lady Darwin
Rights Status UK HE use only
Technique Figure´s suit is very thinly painted. expressive brushstrokes. some scratching in the modelling of the figure´s hair
Work Type painting



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