19 Oct 1937-10 Dec 2012
We are sorry to record the death just before Christmas of Bob Wilkins, long-serving member of the committee and conscientious treasurer of the association. The association’s sympathy and condolences go to his family. The following is an appreciation by Jennie Golding.
Robert L Wilkins, better known to all of us as Bob, died on 10 December 2012 of a heart attack. He had been suffering very bravely from Parkinson’s disease for some years. Bob was a long-standing member of AHFAP and had been a committee member for a considerable number of years, holding the post as treasurer and auditor. Back in the Swinging Sixties Bob went to the Regent Street Poly to study photography and then worked for an advertising agency as one of their photographers. Here he met and worked with a guy called ‘Jumbo’ and the two became lifelong friends. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his London years and it was during this time he met Thurl, a lovely South African on her travels whom he persuaded to stay and become his wife.
Bob and Thurl moved from London to Oxford. After a brief time working at the Bodleian Library, Bob started to work on a freelance basis at the Institute of Archaeology. This soon became permanent and the photography department grew in time to become a small but very well respected department. Bob worked with some of the most renowned professors at Oxford University, to produce fine quality photographic illustrations for many books and publications.
He became known as one of the country’s best gem photographers and it was down to Bob that gem photographs are reproduced at twice and even four times life size, so that you can actually appreciate the engravings on these gems, which are often very small. He also became known for his work with Greek vases and produced thousands of photographs, often photographed in difficult conditions and then beautifully printed for Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum.
As a work colleague he was generous with his time and taught me all the techniques I needed to photograph the huge variety of materials and places that were required. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Institute working with Bob and he became a very dear and treasured friend.
He was also very dedicated to Charlbury and worked on numerous committees to preserve the town.
All this earnest work makes Bob sound dry but he was a great raconteur and a man with a huge sense of humour and fun. He is be sadly missed by all who knew him well.
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