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Increase Robinson photographs, 1909-1920

Increase Robinson photographs, 1909-1920

Robinson, Increase, 1890-1981

Gallery owner, Muralist, Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 10 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Nine photographs (1919-1920), primarily of Robinson and Lemos family members, and a page from the 1909 Hyde Park High School Annual.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, teacher, lecturer, gallery owner, and State Director of the Federal Art Project in Illinois between 1933 and 1938. Born Josephine Dorothea Richmann Robinson. Took the name of Increase Robinson after the death of her first husband, Philip Increase Robinson. She was a descendant of several generations of Chicago artists including Baron Eustace Wyszynski (her great-grandfather), Julia Wyszynski Lemos (her grandmother), and Josephine Lemos Reichmann (her mother). Peter van Beuren (1776-1844) was Robinson's great-great-grandfather. His daughter, Johanna, married Baron Wyszynski.


The donor, Ruth R. Hooper, is the niece and Esther Robinson is the daughter of Increase Robinson.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the possession of Esther Robinson 330 Elsie Street, San Francisco, California 94110.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4283 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Increase Robinson photographs, 1909-1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.