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 Vladimir  Chambers


Russian and English graphic artist and stage designer, a member of the World of Art association

      

Vladimir Yakovlevich Chambers was a son of James Stephen Chambers from Ireland and Elizaveta Mary Page. His sister Maria Yakovlevna Chambers-Bilibina (1874 — 1962) was a Russian and English graphic artist, illustrator of children's books and the first wife of the artist Ivan Bilibin (she immigrated with their children to England in 1914).
Vladimir Chambers studied in the Real School of K. M. Mai (1894 — 1898), and under Ilya Repin at M. K. Tenisheva’s School.
In the 1910s he served as the custodian of the Baron Alexander von Stieglitz Museum. In March, 1917 Vladimir Chembers joined the Committee on the Art Industry and Crafts of the Union of Artists.
After the October revolution of 1917 the artist left Russia for England. In 1919 he was a member of the Charitee Committee founded in London by the Russian-British fellowship for fund raising in favor of inhabitants of the regions of Russia released from the Bolsheviks’ power.
Vladimir Chambers was engaged in book and journal graphic art as well as ex-libris. He drew for the satirical logs Jester (the 1890s) and Infernal Post (1906). The artist illustrated Alexander Pushkin’s poetic novel Eugene Onegin and Pictures on the Russian History, painted a series of postcards War 1914 — 1916 and designed vignettes and covers for art editions.
He also worked for the theater: designed 17th century farces The Tub and Stag Beetle for the Ancient Theater (1907), Edgar Allan Poe’s play The Fall of the House of Usher by for the Lukomorye Theater (1908 — 1909), etc.
Vladimir Chambers took part in exhibitions of the Union of Russian Artists (1906—1910) and the World of Art (1911, 1912 and 1916).

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