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Phillip Rawson (1924–1995)

Author of The Art of Southeast Asia

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About the Author

Philip Rawson was dean of the School of Art and Design. Goldsmith's College, University of London. He also served as curator of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art at the University of Durham and had a long career as a specialist in Oriental and Indian art. He authored twenty-five books during show more his prolific career, including Drawing and Sculpture, which are available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. show less
Image credit: Philip Rawson, Scholar and Artist 1924-1995 (Picture supplied by Mr. Piers Rawson, son of Philip Rawson to http://www.vikingsword.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000491.html)


Works by Phillip Rawson

The Art of Southeast Asia (1967) 159 copies, 2 reviews
Art of Tantra (1973) 142 copies, 1 review
Oriental Erotic Art (1981) 42 copies, 1 review
Ceramics (1971) 41 copies
Drawing (1969) 31 copies
Primitive Erotic Art (1973) — Editor and Author — 27 copies
Introducing Oriental Art (1973) 27 copies
Erotic art of India (1977) 24 copies
Design (1987) 18 copies
Indian Painting (1961) 12 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Rawson, Phillip
Legal name
Rawson, Philip Stanley
Date of death
Short biography
Philip S. Rawson was a specialist on Eastern art, and wrote widely on the subject in books and for various publications. During his lifetime he served as a UNESCO expert on museology in India, and organized a number of exhibitions on Indian art in Britain. Among his appointments were Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, Keeper of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology at the University of Durham, Assistant Keeper of the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and latterly Dean of the School of Art and Design at Goldsmiths' College, London.



An updated edition of the 1967 Thames & Hudson volume.
251 illustrations, 32 in colour.
Alhickey1 | 1 other review | Oct 6, 2020 |
With a wealth of information about the history, traditions, and religious beliefs of Southeast Asia, Philip Rawson throughly and authoritatively surveys a vast array of works of art and crafts from the region. Since prehistoric times, the countries of Southeast Asia have created a unique melange of indigenous art and the art of neighboring India and China. From the bronze tombs of the Dong-son people in 500 BC, to the mystical, dramatic form of Indonesia puppetry in current day Java and Bali, from architectural wonders such as Borobudur, to a host of pagodas, shrines, and temples, Rawson explores a medley of Southeast Asian art. He offers an astonishing array of treasures and elucidates a culture in which there are no artistic boundaries.… (more)
Alhickey1 | 1 other review | Oct 6, 2020 |

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Christine Harrisson Photographer
Ferdinand Anton Photographer
Etta Becker-Donner Acknowledgements
Museum Rietberg Host Institute
Eberhard Fischer Acknowledgements
Kunsthaus Zürich. Host Institute
René Wehrli Acknowledgements
Herman Pollig Acknowledgements


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