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Thomas Osborne-Robinson


Tinkers, County Wicklow, Ireland

The Painting

A watercolour measuring 17½" x 20¾". Signed T. Osborne-Robinson. Faded label verso: ‘Tinkers, Co. Wicklow’.


About the Artist

Thomas Osborne-Robinson OBE (1904-1976) was a scenic designer at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. He trained at Northampton School of Art alongside G.H.B. Holland. He got the job of scenic designer at the Royal Theatre in the 1920s through the auspices of W.J. Bassett-Lowke, whose house at 78 Derngate in Northampton was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Bassett-Lowke was one of the inaugural members of the Repertory Theatre board. After his death, his widow gave Osborne-Robinson one of the Mackintosh clocks from No. 78. Osborne-Robinson lived on Derngate, a few doors up from No. 78, and was instrumental in getting it listed in 1965. He was a moving force in building up the Italian collection at the Central Museum in Northampton, and recorded Northampton’s buildings and history in his paintings. He was awarded an OBE for his services to theatre.


The Subject

Tinkers, County Wicklow, Ireland. A red gipsy caravan and company cross a viaduct over a ravine, with craggy mountains looming behind them.

Thomas Osborne-Robinson - Tinkers, County Wicklow, Ireland