Other name Emilie Cosman
Born Gotha, Germany
Died London, England
Emilie ‘Milein’ Cosman was born in Gotha, Germany, in 1921, but spent a part of her childhood in Düsseldorf and attended boarding school in Switzerland until her departure for England in 1939. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (amalgamated with the Ruskin School of Art and located in Oxford during the war years), taking drawing lessons under Randolph Schwabe and lithography under Harold Jones and working as a fire-watcher in Oxford.
In 1943 she attended evening classes at the Oxford Polytechnic, where she was taught by Bernard Meninsky. Two years later, she moved to Hampstead, where she remained for the rest of her life, and where her émigré circle included Fred Uhlman, John Heartfield, Jacob Bornfriend, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and the cartoonist, Victor ‘Vicky’ Weisz.
Cosman worked as a freelance, specializing in contributing drawings to magazines and newspapers, particularly of composers, musicians, actors, writers and dancers, and was married to the musicologist Hans Keller. She had numerous solo shows including 'Lifelong Impressions: Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Milein Cosman' at the Austrian Cultural Institute in March 2008.
Date c. 1940s
Object type drawing
Medium pen and ink
Signed initialled (lower right) 'M.S'
Accession number 2018-21a
Display status not on display