E. W. Robinson

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For the Liberal Party politician, see William Edward Robinson.
Butterflies from Panama, including Dark Zebra Swallowtail (center). Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (vol. 1863, plate XXIX)

Edward William Robinson (1824–1883), usually known as E.W. Robinson, was a nineteenth-century British School artist[1] and illustrator of natural history books such as Alfred Russel Wallace's The Malay Archipelago and Henry Walter Bates's The Naturalist on the River Amazons.

Life and career[edit]

Longhorn beetles from Penang: Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London vol. 1866, plate XLII

Robinson initially worked mainly in engraving, both drawing ("del") and engraving ("sc") the plates. With the decline in engraving caused by photography, Robinson moved into painting in watercolour and other media. He was a relative, most likely the nephew, and pupil of the artist and engraver John Henry Robinson (1796–1871). In some cases the men worked together, as on the engraving of the bust of William Shakespeare, where it is recorded "E.W. Robinson del [drawing]; H. Robinson sc [engraving]".[2] He produced a wide range of work including coloured plates for the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.

Works illustrated by Robinson[edit]

Females of Papilio memnon" illustration for The Malay Archipelago
"The Jacuarú (Teius teguexim)" in The Naturalist on the River Amazons, figure 19


  1. ^ Arcadja: Edward W. Robinson. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ British Museum: Portrait of William Shakespeare. Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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