Roald Dahl Manuscripts


This technically astounding, photorealistic oil painting is a study of the author, Roald Dahl’s, original manuscripts, which he famously wrote by hand on yellow notepaper. The painting is in oil on fine linen, stretched over a wood stretcher and set in a white-washed wooden tray frame. 

A research visit to the Roald Dahl museum gave me insight into his method of writing on yellow notepads with wide margins for notes and comments. His Manuscripts were made from tear off sheets and kept in bundles.” Ian Robinson


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oil on linen



Original / Edition

Original work of art


79 x 68.8 x 5.5 cm


Ian Robinson’s work is concerned with obsessions and the back-stories of collections.  Working mainly in still life he portrays his personal associations with these items in an attempt to capture the spirit, the soul, and the physiognomy of objects and our-selves as it is revealed through our passions.

Excerpt from A-N Review

For artist Ian Robinson, his photorealistic “portraits” of the objects of collections began when he was still at college, and he started to paint pictures of his own record collection. Upon moving to London, he suddenly found he had access to numerous other collections, including those of Sir John Soane, Cassiano Dal Pozzo, and Aby Warburg, and his focus switched from music to literature. He would visit the collections, make drawings and take photos, and then scale these up, sometimes by hand, sometimes by projecting the photograph on to the canvas, and paint them in minute detail over a period of months. The results are documents of documents, catalogues of catalogues, copies and replicas […]  Robinson is a young man, with talent and a passion for his work, and so I can only surmise that his series will continue to grow.

Ian has a First Class Ba (hons) Fine Art : Painting from University of the Arts London – Wimbledon College of Art – 2011. He is currently employed as an Artist in the studios of Patrick Hughes.


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