Robert Lyon FRSA, Set of Four Portrait Caricatures WWII Baghdad - 1946 drawings

A set of four original 1946 graphite drawings, Robert Lyon FRSA Portrait Caricatures WWII Baghdad.

A set of four striking portrait caricatures showing military and other figures during the Second World War. One drawing shows an officer in uniform, another shows an Iraqi figure and is inscribed 'Baghdad'. The caricatures are presumably done from life; the artist Robert Lyon served in the army during World War Two.

In graphite with coloured pencil.

One drawing is monogrammed and dated 21/9/46.
In good condition for their age. One of the drawings, showing the military officer, is on thin paper which has some light creasing. Please see photos for detail.
9cm x 9.4cm.

Robert Lyon (1894–1978), a prominent member of the Scottish School of Artists who were active from the 1920s, was an accomplished figure and portrait artist, sculptor and influential Art School principal.

He trained at the Glasgow School of Art around 1933, and exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute and Royal Scottish Academy 1938-40. He became art master at Dumfries Academy 1938-40, before serving in the army during the Second World War.

After the war he joined Nottingham College of Art (1946) as a Head of Department, rising to Principal in 1958. When the college evolved into Trent Polytechnic in 1969, Lyon became Deputy Director until his retirement in 1976. Lyon played a prominent role in the development of art education at national, regional and local levels.

Notable sculptural works include a Portrait Bust of Jeremy Thorpe MP (c.1956) and a bronze plaque with a portrait in profile of Henry Hicken OBE, for Derbyshire Miners' Association (c.1956). 

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Product code: JM-648

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