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Robert Tavener 1920-2004





Robert Tavener was an illustrator, printmaker designer and lecturer, born in London. He trained at Hornsey College of Art 1946-50 after six years’ war service in the Army. He was art teacher at Temple School, Strood, and at Medway College of Art; prior to joining staff of Eastbourne College of Art and Design where he was deputy principal. He carried out many book illustrations for educational series published by Hamish Hamilton Longmans, Green, Oxford University Press and Methuen and did Commissioned work for Central Office of Information, General Post Office, Imperial Chemical Industries and others Tavener Showed widely in group exhibitions and had several dozen solo Shows. He was a member of the Royal Society of Engravers and Printers and Society of Industrial Artists. He exhibited for 34 consecutive years at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions Over 2000 prints were bought for national collections in Britain and abroad, including National Museum of Wales in Cardiff; Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne; Victoria  & Albert Museum; and Yale University, in America. In 1957 Tavener was chosen as one of Jack Beddington’s Young Artists of Promise in the book of that title. Lived in Eastbourne Sussex




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