Professor Janko Lavrin

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below.

Professor Janko Lavrin

Professor Janko Lavrin, 1919
Oil on canvas, 50.8 cm x 40.6 cm

Janko Lavrin (1887–1986) was born in Krupa in Slovenia. After studying in Prague and Susak (present-day Rijeka), on graduation he went to St Petersburg, where he studied archaeology and Slavic linguistics, before becoming a journalist, reporting from the Balkans during the First World War. When the Russian Revolution broke out he moved to London, where in the early 1920s he knew William Roberts in Fitrovia. From 1923 until his retirement in 1953 he was professor of modern Russian literature at the University of Nottingham, and he was also involved in organizing Slavic studies at universities in Glasgow, London and elsewhere. He published many books, mainly on Russian literature, and was married to the artist and engraver Nora Lavrin (née Fry).
PROVENANCE: Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

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