This entertaining biography of the eccentric, famously short-fused descendant of Charles Darwin and Josiah Wedgewood, shows him to have been one of the twentieth century's most visionary educators. He devoted much of his energetic and creative working life to the Royal College of Art where his reforms have lasted over 60 years and counting. Illustrated with over 100 archive photos and 80 colour reproductions of paintings and drawings by Darwin and his talented relations.
Sir Robert Vere "Robin" Darwin was a British artist and Rector of the Royal College of Art. The story is to do with wartime camouflage, postwar reconstruction, Festival of Britain 1951, reshaping arts education in Britain for the future (the list of RCA graduates from 195080 is particularly impressive including not just fine artists (David Hockney, Peter Blake) but innovative designers such as James Dyson for example). The Royal College of Arts as it became by the 1980s is largely the result of one man and his drive, his vision and in spite of his gruffness, his ability to inspire loyalty and creative thinking in others. The list of RCA professors , tutors and visiting lecturers 194980 he brought in, reads like a rollcall of the best contemporary designers, graphic designers and artists in Britain during those years and they inspired the students