The Amateur and the Professional

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. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.

The Amateur and the Professional

The Amateur and the Professional, 1970
Pencil and watercolour, 35.7 cm x 46 cm, inscribed 'For Hamet Gallery' lower right, beneath the mount

The image is of Winston Churchill (who had died in 1965) and Picasso. It may have been prompted by the publication in late summer 1970 of Time's Thievish Progress, a third volume of autobiography by
Roberts's bête noire Sir John Rothenstein, former director of the Tate Gallery, in which a chapter was devoted to consideration of Churchill as a painter.
PROVENANCE: Hamet Gallery > private collection, UK (January 1971) > ? (by descent) > Bonhams 22 Nov. 2022 (estimate £30,000–£50,000; unsold)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Hamet Gallery 1971

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