Lynn Roberts: Career






Four years (1984-1988) as a commercial and graphic artist, principally for a local publisher

Three years (1985-1988) - simultaneously with above - as a tutor in English Language, English Literature and History of Art at 'A' Level, 'O' Level and GCSE at a local college

Thirteen years (1988-2001) as a freelance art historian, working almost exclusively for one of the world's leading dealers in antique and reproduction picture frames as a researcher, author and archivist; and again from 2006 onwards

Surrounding frame by Lynn Roberts: crayon on paper, 2002







1977-1980 Bedford College, University of London (now Royal Holloway & Bedford New College)
B.A. (Hons) in English, First Class

1981-1983 Courtauld Institute of Art,
University of London
M.Phil in the History of Art




1988-2001     Free-lance art historian, researching the history of picture frames; writing books & articles on frames, and essays for exhibition catalogues;
examining theses and dissertations on picture frames for various institutions;

helping to curate an exhibition of frames during 1996-97; occasionally designing details of frames;
translating articles from French to English; maintaining the archives & library at Paul Mitchell Ltd.

2003 onwards - part-time research in the history of picture frames for the National Portrait Gallery, London, and for various clients

2006 onwards - all this and also working for Paul Mitchell again; writing on frames for various books and exhibitions (see Publications page); lecturing at Sotheby's Institute of Art, &c.



1983-1988     Commercial artist, working in colour & black-&-white for various different clients: in 1983, for Bubblebus Software, but principally, from 1984-88, for John Ricketts of Projects Thirty-Seven, Paddock Wood, Kent; producing fine art copies of existing paintings for private clients; designing greetings cards. Business clients included The Body Shop, the Whitbread Hop Farm and Sally Line ferries. An example of a pen-&-ink drawing of a building can be seen on the 'About us' page of solicitors Knocker & Foskett .

2003 onwards Commercial artist, producing designs for greetings and correspondence cards; creating websites; making textile designs; drawing caricatures, restoring paintings; and in short doing anything which might be required in the way of art.

Fine artist, showing locally at exhibitions in Southwold, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and at the Pastel Society, the Mall Galleries, London; work awarded 'Highly Commended' in the Daler-Rowney Awards at the Pastel Society exhibition, 1985.

Exhibited 2003 and 2006 at theSociety of Botanical Artists, The Westminster Gallery, Central Hall, Westminster.

Exhibited 2005 at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition , the Mall Galleries, London.

Exhibited 2009 at the The Arts Club, Dover Street, London.