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  THE SKETCHES OF LOCAL ARTIST - BEN ROBSON

 

BEN ROBSON – BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Ben Robson is a self-taught artist, raised in the economically depressed twenties and thirties; a member of a large artistic, working class family. Even as a boy Ben had the eyes of an artist, able to observe beauty wherever it may occur, and living as he did in an area where the sprawl of Tottenham merged with the countryside, he could not but be aware of contrast between the rural and urban environment.


Ben is a home loving man, returning home after the war he cleaned shop windows in Tottenham High Street, which kept the family fed and enabled him to spend the bulk of his time with his wife Doreen and their five children. He was, and remains, a devoted father and husband, enjoying with his family camping holidays that spanned the length and breadth of Britain.


During his working week in Tottenham he captured many instances of urban life, colourful illustrations of people alighting from red buses or package laden women gossiping outside grocery shops on busy, rain-washed streets.
Ben has undertaken commission work and exhibited widely throughout his career, receiving much well-deserved praise from critics and fellow artists alike. His extended family includes numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and his first great great grandchild is expected shortly. Many of the children are recorded in paint and pastel and he continues to produce work today despite the fact that in January 2014 he celebrated his 94th birthday.


We are indebted to Pat Wilson (nee Robson) and Judith Arnopp (nee Robson), the daughters of Ben Robson, for providing us with the images and giving their permission for us to publish them on our website.

NOTE: With further permission some additional coloured sketches have now been added to this collection at the end of this article,  (October 2015)

 

 

JUST A FEW OF BEN  ROBSON'S MANY SKETCHES OF TOTTENHAM OVER THE PAST 60 + YEARS

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ALL HALLOWS CHURCH

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BRUCE CASTLE

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BRUCE GROVE

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CAFE OPPOSITE BURGESS'S STORE

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WINDSORS SOLICITORS -HIGH ROAD

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PRINCE OF WALES - HIGH ROAD

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THE 'SPURS' - PARK LANE ASPECT

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THE 'CORNER PIN' - PARK LANE

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THE QUEENS HEAD - SCOTLAND GREEN

 

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SCOTLAND GREEN - LOOKING WEST

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THE ''TWO BREWERS' SCOTLAND GREEN

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THE 'ELMHURST' - LORDSHIP LANE

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TOTTENHAM - HIGH CROSS

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DEMOLITION - HIGH CROSS ROAD

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THE LIBRARY - TOTTENHAM HIGH CROSS

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THE SWAN - TOTTENHAM HIGH CROSS

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THE OLD PUMP & HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

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THE 'FERRY BOAT INN' - FERRY LANE-TOTTENHAM

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STONEBRIDGE LOCK - TOTTENHAM c1939

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BENEATH THE BRIDGE - TOTTENHAM LOCK - c1954

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PAT & CHERRY - ON THE GATES - STONEBRIDGE LOCK c1954

 

 

 

THESE ADDITIONAL COLOURED SKETCHES BY BEN ROBSON HAVE BEEN ADDED        (WITH PERMISSION)

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BRUCE GROVE BRIDGE BRUCE GROVE  TRADES HALL -BRUCE GROVE
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BUS STOP- TOTTENHAM HIGH ROAD EMMINS SHOP- ST LOYS ROAD RADIO FACTORY - WOODSIDE GARDENS
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TOTTENHAM HIGH ROAD MEN AT WORK CEDAR ROAD - TOTTENHAM
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QUEENS HEAD - SCOTLAND GREEN PRINCE OF WALES - SCOTLAND GREEN SCOTLAND GREEN - CARBUNCLE ALLEY
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HIGH ROAD - OPPOSITE 'PRINCEOF WALES' WHITBREAD BREWERY - CLOCK PARK LANE - TOTTENHAM
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WHITBREAD BREWERY - HIGH ROAD HIGH ROAD - NEAR THE 'SPURS' GROUND MARIE'S CAFE - PARK LANE
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SECOND HAND SHOP- NEAR WHITE HART LANE TOTTENHAM HIGH ROAD UNTITLED SKETCH
 

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SPARE SPARE
HIGH ROAD OPPOSITE GLICKMANS    

 

Article prepared by Alan Swain - July 2014

Additional sketches included - October 2015

 

 

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