Keeper of the Apes

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.

Keeper of the Apes, 1958

Keeper of the Apes, 1958
Pen and watercolour, 34.5 cm x 25 cm

Frontispiece for Roberts, Vorticism and the Politics of Belles-Lettres-ism (Vortex Pamphlet No. 5). In the catalogue of the 1980 Maclean Gallery exhibition, Elizabeth Cayzer notes that 'Following the Tate Gallery Exhibition, Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism (1956), William Roberts conducted a satirical campaign (both literary and pictorial) against his fellow-Vorticist's claim (in the catalogue's foreword) that: "Vorticism, in fact, was what I, personally, did, and said, at a certain period." Wyndham Lewis wrote The Apes of God in 1930.' See the bibliography on this website for Roberts's writings on this subject.
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Hamet Gallery 1971, Parkin Gallery 1976, Maclean Gallery 1980

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