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active 1920s. died 1960s

Frederick Vaudry Robinson was a leading pictorialist in Tasmania. He was first apprenticed to Stephen Spurling II’s studio in Launceston and later worked for ten years for Percy Whitelaw. Jack Cato’s autobiography, I Can Take It, refers to their early experiments with new pictorial processes and traditional toning methods to achieve coloured images. Robinson was also a painter and may have studied under Lucien Dechaineaux.

He retained his early interest in colour and was one of the expert colour bromoilists. A one-man show of Robinson’s monochrome and colour bromoils was shown at Kodak Pty Ltd’s showrooms in Sydney in August 1928.

It was probably around 1928 that Robinson set up a studio in Melbourne. The studio failed and Robinson returned to set up a studio in Launceston. He was not a regular exhibitor and few examples of his photography have survived.

above text based on Gaël Newton's Silver & Grey
Angus and Roberston, Australia 1980

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